Château de Saint Cosme
Château de Saint Cosme lies in the heart of the appellation of Gigondas, just 300 meters north of the village. It is the oldest estate in Gigondas, dating back to the 15th century, but lies on the site of an ancient Gallo-Roman villa, with its hand carved fermentation vats perfectly preserved in the limestone. The property has been in the hands of the Barruol family since 1570. Louis Barruol, heir to a 14 generation family tradition, took over the estate from his father in 1992 and under his guidance Saint Cosme has been transformed from an anonymous bulk wine source to arguably one of the best estates in the Southern Rhône. Passionate, talented, and with boundless energy, Louis Barruol also produces an assortment of world class wines from a micro-négociant activity simply labeled “Saint Cosme.”
Location of Vineyard
The 54-acre (22-hectare) estate is comprised predominantly of old vines (average of 60 years old) with a yield of around 27 hl/ha. It is located at the crossing of two geographical faults, which is very rare and provides an extraordinary diversity of soils. Louis is a veritable custodian of the land and terroir he works, doing everything to protect the dynamic ecosystem of the property. The vineyards have been farmed organically since the 1970’s by his father Henri Barruol, and Louis has been following biodynamic practices since 2010.
Louis Barruol’s winemaking philosophy flows from a respect for traditional knowledge, the benefits of organic viticulture and understanding of his particular terroirs. At Saint Cosme, the team usually works à la main (manually by hand) to make wines that express their terroir with purity and personality, wines that are balanced with a great ability to age.