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Riveting 2017s from a Top Rhône Estate: Saint-Cosme - 05/25/2019 - Rhone Valley

Consistently among the best estates producing in the Southern Rhône, Château de Saint Cosme has crafted a breathtaking set of 2017s. The wines beautifully capture all the best aspects of this remarkable vintage, showing excellent purity, focus, and precision. The critics were universally impressed as is reflected in the high points and praise awarded. At the top of the line up is the potential 99-point Hominis Fides, which Jeb Dunnuck describes as “unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage.” All the single-site expressions are thrilling in their own regard, as are the appellation bottlings, which count among some of the best values you’ll find anywhere. Loaded with personality these are reds that will offer decades of pure drinking enjoyment. Proprietor Louis Barruol continues to be a the top of his game, so it is hardly surprising he served up such a brilliant set of 2017s. In many cases allocations are very limited, so you’ll want to get in early to secure the bottles you want.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2017 Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph (Pre-Arrival) 94 $34.99 View
2017 Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) 93 $39.99 View
2017 Château de Saint Cosme Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 95 $59.99 View
2017 Château de Saint Cosme "Le Claux" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) 96 $109.99 View
2017 Château de Saint Cosme "Hominis Fides" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) 99 $119.99 View
2017 Château de Saint Cosme "Le Poste" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) 97 $119.99 View

2017 Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph (Pre-Arrival) ($34.99)

91-94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "As in 2016, the 2017 St. Joseph is slightly fresher and more focused than the Crozes release and offers a terrific perfume of raspberries, violets, spice, and a hint of bacon fat. Its seamless, medium-bodied, and incredibly elegant on the palate, with plenty of sweet fruit and a great finish." (01/2018)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From granitic soils at the northern end of Saint Joseph, the 2017 Saint Joseph reveals scents of smoke, crushed stone and black olives. Medium to full-bodied, it's nicely concentrated and ripe, with fine-grained tannins lingering in a dusty manner on the long finish. (JC)" (12/2018)

2017 Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More concentrated and tannic than the 2016, the 2017 Gigondas shows outstanding potential. Marked by hints of charred wood and mocha, it's nevertheless rich, ripe and fruity, with a long finish. (JC)" (08/2018)

92 points Decanter: "Whole-cluster fruit from limestone, marl and Miocene sand soils is fermented in concrete with indigenous yeasts. It's then aged 70% in barrel, 20% new, with the remaining 30% in concrete. It has a very oaky aromatic profile at this early stage, but it's joined by a lovely herbal aspect from the stems. Medium to full-bodied, the fruit has a vibrant freshness and the acidity is pretty marked, while the tannins are massy but ripe and harmonious. Long finish. (MW)" (10/2018)

90-92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A blend of 70% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvèdre, the 2017 Gigondas is a sexy, ripe effort in a forward, already approachable style. Notes of black raspberries, graphite, pepper, and garrigue all dominate the bouquet, and its going to drink nicely right out of the gate." (09/2018)

2017 Château de Saint Cosme Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Côte-Rôtie (all from the Côte Brune) shows a more floral character yet still has plenty of Côte Brune power, weight, and richness. Black fruits, spiced meats, olive, and gamey notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, ethereal 2017 thats already hard to resist. Its a beautiful wine in the making and bodes well for the vintage." (09/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Notes of smoked meat and cold fireplace mark the nose of Saint Cosme's 2017 Cote Rotie. It's medium to full-bodied, with a plush, seductive mouthfeel, supple tannins and a long finish. It should be a beauty.(JC)" (12/2018)

2017 Château de Saint Cosme "Le Claux" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) ($109.99)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Notes of camphor, dried soil, crushed rocks, and loads of red and black fruits define the 2017 Gigondas Le Claux, which is 100% Grenache from a site just down the road from the estate. I always find a certain Burgundian character in this cuvée and its certainly present in the 2017. With medium to full body, a beautiful elegance and purity, and fine tannins, give bottles a few years and enjoy over the following decade or more." (09/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Showing plenty of big purple fruit and hints of charred oak, the 2017 Gigondas le Claux was practically embryonic in terms of its development. Full-bodied, supple and rich, it should be approachable by 2020 and drink well for a decade or more after that. (JC)" (08/2018)

93 points Decanter: "Fermented in concrete with no destemming and indigenous yeasts, then 100% matured in barriques, one-third new, one-third second use and one-third third use. The wood gives it strong clove notes, joined on the silky palate by raspberry, strawberry coulis and strawberry eau-de-vie. A fine patina of wet-clay tannins coat your lips, slightly drying the palate and leading to a long finish. The St Cosme single-vineyard wines are undoubtedly impressive and strongly oak-influenced, displaying masterful work in the cellar - but they will be too oaky for some tastes, especially in their youth. (MW)" (10/2018)

2017 Château de Saint Cosme "Hominis Fides" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) ($119.99)

96-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "My favorite of the single vineyard cuvées in 2017 is the Gigondas Hominis Fides, which comes from a vineyard just across the street from Le Claux. It has a killer nose of exotic flowers, freshly crushed rocks, new saddle leather, flowers, spice, and violets. Possessing full-bodied richness, an incredibly sexy, seamless, yet powerful style, and an awesome finish, its unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage." (09/2018)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Somehow managing to be rich, dense and chocolaty "almost fudge-like" yet remaining fresh and vivacious, it will be fascinating to see how the 2017 Gigondas Hominis Fides develops over the next year. (JC)" (08/2018)

2017 Château de Saint Cosme "Le Poste" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) - 9 available ($119.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Gigondas le Poste is just super: super purple, super concentrated and super tannic. Really intense, it's not a wine for the shy, steamrollering along with dark fruit and powerful notes of licorice on the lengthy finish. (JC)" (08/2018)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "More full-bodied, with incredible purity in its aromatics and fruit, the 2017 Gigondas Le Poste is another 100% Grenache cuvée thats from a slightly higher elevation, terraced vineyard near the domaine. As with all the cuvées here, its not destemmed and is brought up mostly in used barrels. Offering lots of black currants, spice box, graphite, and licorice, it builds beautifully on the palate, has great concentration and intensity, and a blockbuster finish." (09/2018)