Cosme's Compelling 20s

For todays mixed case offering, we are delighted to be taking a brief foray back to our cherished second home, the Southern Rhône; to share with you the latest releases of the gorgeous Côtes du Rhône Rouge and Les Deux Albion Blanc cuvées, from the fabled Château St Cosme.

We have extolled the virtues of the unmistakable ‘tour de force’ that is Louis Barruol many times before. Regularly referred to as ‘The Genius of Gigondas’ by fellow winemakers of the region, Louis took over the winemaking duties at his family’s ancient estate back in 1992. After making the ‘giant leap’ to finally bottling the domaines own wines, he quickly launched Château St Cosme into the stratosphere of the wine world. Under his leadership, Chateau St Cosme has become one of the flagship domaines for Gigondas around the Globe, and alongside a small group of highly respected domaines, he has contributed to its reputation as one of the top crus in the Southern Rhone, second only to Chateauneuf. However, never one to rest on his laurels and always looking to branch out and experiment, he has explored and mastered countless different terroirs through his negoce wine businesses. He produces wines from all over the Rhône Valley: including Hermitage, Saint Joseph and Chateauneuf du Pape to name a few. Louis has an incredible understanding of what it takes to make top-class wine, and is remarkably adaptable to different terroirs, regions and grape varieties. Louis’ wines have real puissance, they are wonderfully rich, dense and powerful whilst always remaining harmoniously balanced, intoxicatingly expressive and filled with life and energy. If you are yet to come across the wines of Chateau St Cosme, they truly are wines to be experienced.

2020 has been yet another exceptional vintage for Louis, with him making direct comparisons to 2019. Long hot periods helped the grapes to achieve optimum juiciness and ripeness, whilst consistent cool and breezy evenings ensured they retained good balancing levels of acidity and freshness. The 2020 Côtes du Rhône rouge and Les Deux Albion Blanc that we bring you today are a perfect pairing, whether you have been exposed to the wines of Château St Cosme previously or not. They simultaneously act as a great introduction to the style and quality of Louis’ range, without breaking the bank, whilst also simply standing on their own as delicious, unique and expertly crafted wines. Both have good ageing potential, if you were wanting to keep a bottle or two back, however, as opposed to some of Louis’ top parcellaire cuvées (which want to be allowed a few years in bottle before being drunk) these are drinking perfectly now.

Don’t miss out on this delicious red and white combo from this remarkably accomplished and versatile winemaker.

Our ‘Cosme’s Compelling 20s’ mixed case is available as a two-bottle pairing option or as a mixed case of six, containing 3x each of the following cuvées:

Gauntleys Mixed Wine Cases Cosme's Compelling 20s - Two-Bottle Pairing Option

This is a two-bottle mixed case containing 1x each the following wines:

2020 IGP Blanc ‘Les Deux Albion’ - £17.50 2020 Côtes du Rhône Rouge - £14.60

2020 Côtes du Rhône Rouge

An incredibly rare 100% Syrah Côtes du Rhône, and what a treat it is! Louis first started producing this wine back in 1997, and it has since become an firm favourite of many of his clients, as well as ours! His idea was to make a Syrah-based Côtes du Rhône, unlike virtually all Côtes du Rhône on the market, which are generally made from Grenache, that was fruit-forward, rounded, dense and fresh. He unequivocally succeeded, and this is consistently up their amongst the finest CDR’s on the market today.

The Syrah from this vintage has really displayed its exceptional credentials with top quality, rich and deep fruit, magnificently intense colour and layered texture. There are mouth-watering flavours of blackcurrant, truffle, liquorice and wild raspberry on the palate, with a good backing of garrigue and sweet spice. It is a full-bodied wine with great acidity, polish and incredible refinement. The balance is beautifully harmonious and the structure and power present should allow this wine to develop for a long time to come, however it is ripe and juicy and delicious right now! Far from your typical CDR.

2020 IGP Blanc ‘Les Deux Albion’

First produced in 2017, the 2020 release of the ‘Les Deux Albion’ Blanc is produced from 40% Viognier - 20% Marsanne - 30% Picpoul - 4% Clairette – 3% Ugni blanc – 3% Bourboulenc (certainly an unusual but intriguing mix!). This is Louis’ answer to the markets increasing demand for interesting, good quality and good value Rhône white wines, and a certain passion project for Louis himself, vinified from grapes in his newly purchased Saint Martin Vineyards in Violes. The soils in St Martin have an incredibly concentration of limestone, making it a prime region for producing Southern Rhône whites, and that is reflected in the wine. There is wonderful freshness, aromatic finesse and salinity. It has a meditatative nose that one could contemplate for hours with dried Apricot, peach, marshmellow, heirloom rose, brioche and mint shining through, and the palate is no less spectacular!

The uncompromising and often self-critical Louis has said that he is extremely proud of this wine, the outcome is beautiful. Do not think twice about the ‘IGP’ on the label, simply technicality, this is a world class, exotic and unctuous white wine. It is easily paired with dishes that feature creamy sauces, white fish, and roasted pork or chicken. Picpoul brings acidity to the blend and gives this wine salinity, making it a superb choice for cooked or raw shellfish. However, honestly this just scratches the surface of what this wine could potentially accompany. Honestly, go crazy. Get creative!

In stock
£32.10

Gauntleys Mixed Wine Cases Cosme's Compelling 20s - Special Offer Six Bottle Mixed Case

This special offer six bottle mixed case contains 3 x each of the following wines:

2020 IGP Blanc ‘Les Deux Albion’ - £17.50 2020 Côtes du Rhône Rouge - £14.60

2020 Côtes du Rhône Rouge

An incredibly rare 100% Syrah Côtes du Rhône, and what a treat it is! Louis first started producing this wine back in 1997, and it has since become an firm favourite of many of his clients, as well as ours! His idea was to make a Syrah-based Côtes du Rhône, unlike virtually all Côtes du Rhône on the market, which are generally made from Grenache, that was fruit-forward, rounded, dense and fresh. He unequivocally succeeded, and this is consistently up their amongst the finest CDR’s on the market today.

The Syrah from this vintage has really displayed its exceptional credentials with top quality, rich and deep fruit, magnificently intense colour and layered texture. There are mouth-watering flavours of blackcurrant, truffle, liquorice and wild raspberry on the palate, with a good backing of garrigue and sweet spice. It is a full-bodied wine with great acidity, polish and incredible refinement. The balance is beautifully harmonious and the structure and power present should allow this wine to develop for a long time to come, however it is ripe and juicy and delicious right now! Far from your typical CDR.

2020 IGP Blanc ‘Les Deux Albion’

First produced in 2017, the 2020 release of the ‘Les Deux Albion’ Blanc is produced from 40% Viognier - 20% Marsanne - 30% Picpoul - 4% Clairette – 3% Ugni blanc – 3% Bourboulenc (certainly an unusual but intriguing mix!). This is Louis’ answer to the markets increasing demand for interesting, good quality and good value Rhône white wines, and a certain passion project for Louis himself, vinified from grapes in his newly purchased Saint Martin Vineyards in Violes. The soils in St Martin have an incredibly concentration of limestone, making it a prime region for producing Southern Rhône whites, and that is reflected in the wine. There is wonderful freshness, aromatic finesse and salinity. It has a meditatative nose that one could contemplate for hours with dried Apricot, peach, marshmellow, heirloom rose, brioche and mint shining through, and the palate is no less spectacular!

The uncompromising and often self-critical Louis has said that he is extremely proud of this wine, the outcome is beautiful. Do not think twice about the ‘IGP’ on the label, simply technicality, this is a world class, exotic and unctuous white wine. It is easily paired with dishes that feature creamy sauces, white fish, and roasted pork or chicken. Picpoul brings acidity to the blend and gives this wine salinity, making it a superb choice for cooked or raw shellfish. However, honestly this just scratches the surface of what this wine could potentially accompany. Honestly, go crazy. Get creative!

In stock
£96.30 £85.95
Be the first to hear about our wine tasting events, offers & new imports
Join thousands of other wine lovers & subscribe to get news about our latest offerings, new vintages and tastings delivered straight to your inbox
 

Change delivery country

Please note: For deliveries outside the UK the buyer is responsible for any import duty within their country.

2