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Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2015


SKU 19727



 30% Viognier (limestone clay)
 30% Marsanne (limestone sand)
 30% Picpoul de Pinet (limestone sand)
 10% Clairette (limestone)

Fermentation in small casks and ageing on the lees. 2016 will be my 20th wine making season for white Côtes du Rhône. Needless to say, I have explored the subject somewhat. Nevertheless, you always get caught out in a year when the grapes ripen rapidly as in 2015: the lightening speed at which Viognier ripened was quite disconcerting. After a hot summer like 2015, you obviously had to be cautious and especially highly proactive during the harvest. To produce wines with freshness,  we  hastened  the  speed  of  harvesting  considerably,  which  was  a  real  technical  challenge.  The 2015 whites are structured with length yet also good freshness. The aromatic spectrum is characterised by ripeness,  the  wine  is  very  open  and  reveals  itself  easily.  Picpoul  demonstrated  its  significance  more  than ever this year. Without it, we would have been totally unable to produce a balanced white. Also, the varietal
has the ability to support the other grapes, without overshadowing them – it always takes a back seat to the expressive  varieties  Marsanne  and  Viognier.  Basically,  Picpoul  is  a  real  gentleman  -  it  can  play  the bagpipes, but does not, as one famous French comedian once said. Pineapple, apricot, peach, violet, blackcurrant bud and liquorice.

Category White Wine
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Cotes du Rhone
Brand Chateau de Saint Cosme
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Wine SpectatorJuicy, with good weight to the core of heather, peach, nectarine and tangerine notes, laced with piecrust and almond details. Stays fresh and racy through the finish, revealing a buried quinine accent. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. -JM

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