95 points Wine & Spirits
"This is bright and invigorating, with a bone-warming radiance. It’s made from an old clone of syrah, sourced from parcels in Malleval, at the northern end of St-Joseph, and captures the coolness of the area in the fresh crunch of its fruit and the its effusive florals. Underneath, darker notes of damp earth and stone give the wine a fullness and firmness that bodes well for this wine’s future, though it’s hard to resist at the moment." *Best Buy*
93 points Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2019 Saint Joseph has a Côte Rôtie-like vibe and offers beautiful black raspberry fruits as well as subtle bacon fat, flowers, and spice. It’s elegant and medium-bodied, with terrific ripeness and outstanding length on the finish. It’s a classy Saint Joseph to drink over the coming 10-12 years. Best after 2022."
93 points Wine Spectator
"Very stylish, with perfumed red and black cherry coulis notes infused with dried rose petal, sanguine, sandalwood and white pepper. Silky and fresh through the finish, with lingering minerality. A wine of nuance. Drink now through 2030."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Chateau de Saint Cosme is the leading estate of Gigondas and produces the benchmark wines of the appellation. The property has been in the hands of the Barruol family since 1490. Louis Barruol took over from his father in 1992 making a dramatic shift to quality and converting to biodynamics in 2010. Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph is produced from 100% Serine, an ancient and local variety of Syrah that is markedly different from modern selections. It is more oval, with lots of space in the bunch, resulting in a very aromatic wine. It is sourced from the climat Malleval in the northern part of the appellation near Condrieu. The wine is made from 70% destemmed with 30% whole clusters, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and aged in 20% new 228-liter barrels. Tasting Notes: Aromas and flavors of blackberries and wild strawberries are accented by notes of peppercorns, tobacco, peonies, and violets. Food Pairing: Syrah, with its deep flavors and firm tannins, is a natural match for grilled or smoked meat and dishes featuring herbs, roasted mushrooms, and onions. Seared venison or beef with black pepper and thyme or a Moroccan tagine of pigeon or chicken are complimented by the spicy characteristic of Syrah.