Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf du Pape 2017
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Chateau de Saint Cosme|
Winery Notes :
The 2017 vintage was a “great classic” – I can sense its aromas of marzipan, raisins, cinnamon and cherry that always conjure up Christmas time and its savoury winter perfumes steeped in childhood memories. After 24 months’ ageing in small casks, there is a sense of “completion” in the wine which finally reveals all the secrets of its provenance. This time span cannot be reduced and no amount of technical artifice can shorten it: good winegrowers must understand how to be attentive to their vineyard sites, vines and wines in order to guide them without altering their fundamental nature. In this respect, our profession is a good school for learning respect. I didn't grow up in Chateauneuf-du-Pape so I am even more attentive to the quality of the terroir “translation” I am trying to convey.
Still awaiting bottling during my June visit, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape features bold notes of black cherries, cassis and spice cake. Owner Barruol says the Christmas cake is typical of La Crau. Full-bodied and voluptuous, with a long, fine and silky finish, this great effort provides one intense ride from start to finish.
Offers mulled plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit mixed in with steeped black tea, sandalwood and tobacco leaf notes. A mineral edge adds cut and drive to the finish, while the black tea note smolders seductively. Built for the cellar. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault. Best from 2022 through 2036.
Lastly, Barruol has recently dabbed his toe into the waters of Châteauneuf Du Pape, and his 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape offers a sunny, round, medium to full-bodied profile that's already hard to resist. Lots of spice, kirsch, lavender, and garrigue notes, solid mid-palate depth, sweet tannins, and a great finish all make for an outstanding wine that's capable of lasting for over a decade.