2009 Chateau de Saint Cosme, Côte-Rôtie, Rhône (France) $55
Ranking point total 7.25 (1/2.25/4)
The Côte-Rôtie is the source of some of my favorite Syrahs and also serves as inspiration to New World winemakers, some of which have been able to replicate the characteristics with a bit a flair. Outside of the hoch-wine circles, I feel as if the wines from this region don’t garner nearly enough exposure here in the States. Most Rhone-lovers look to California or Australia for their bottles; however the Rhone itself should be more than deserving of a share of their wallet. Why drop $300+ on a bottle of Sine Qua Non or $200+ for Saxum when you can ascertain wines of tremendous quality and pedigree for a fraction of the cost?
The reason I’m such a fan of Côte-Rôtie AOC is the aromatics. These wines, due to the cooler climate and longer growing season, tend to be some of the most perfumed and sensual reds out there. Almost always when reviewing these wines does the words perfume, creamy, velvety and caressing come to mind. The ’09 St Cosme is just another example of why I love this region.
In my opinion, this is a terrific expression of Côte-Rôtie. Bright cassis, blackberry and spice notes permeate the aromas and into the palate along with notes of cream which are held together by subtly firm tannins that allow for a velvety mouthfeel. Although very sensual, it has a masculine edge to it, most notably in the structure. This quality makes this wine special as it’s seamlessly balanced and soft, yet strong enough to age wonderfully for the next 15 or so years.
Senel Wine – 95 pts
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