Wine of the Day: Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012 10-4-16

Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012 750ML ($49.95) Buy Now: $39 special, 36+ bottles available

Case-6 Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012 750ML ($239.95) Buy Now: $219 special

Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012

Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012

Louis Barruol has 14 generations of winemaking on his side at Saint Cosme. His family represents Rhone winemaking better, and more exhaustively, than most. Gigondas may be home for Saint Cosme, but when it comes to making Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Barruol changes his cap. The wine – 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 18% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault, 2% Clairette – ages for 24 months in used oak barrels, for example, and is bottled without filtration. For a year like 2012, this results in a wine of finesse and freshness: classic, you might say. Delicious, you could also say: ask the critics. And for 39 bucks, you’d be hard-pressed to find a Chateauneuf of equal distinction and tradition. We’re calling it one of our best Rhone bottles. – Daniel

Josh Raynolds-Vinous 92 Points “Opaque ruby. Deep, smoke-accented dark berry and floral scents are lifted by a note of peppery spice. Smoky and sweet in the mouth, offering intense blueberry and cassis flavors and a hint of candied violet. Suggests the north in its fruit profile, finishing with very good punch and length and velvety, late-arriving tannins.”

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