Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf du Pape 2011


SKU 41694


The vintage 2011 in Chateauneuf, with some serious heat in August, was a bit different to vinify. Actually the quick rise of the sugar level rapidly created a gap with the physiological ripening. I had to find the right compromise. I don't like compromises. I prefer a situation when I can drive the boat exactly how I want to. But sometimes, it is necesary to be able to manage a different situation. I then decided to go for the balance, that is to say pick a little earlier than usual in order to keep some freshness at any price. At first the wine appeared a little less meaty and more austere than usual, but then it got more and more weight during the ageing. In some ways this wine shaped its personality itself. We can find a good length, some power and balance; a lot of "Chateauneuf tipicity." Age it 24 months was more than important in this vintage. Just if the ageing method was part of the terroir. A kind of an essential way. A recent tasting of my Chateauneuf 2004 gave me pleasure and satisfaction. It was tasting like a Barolo. Coal, peat, truffle, prune, ginger bread, thyme, cherry. Bottled without any filtration.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Brand Chateau de Saint Cosme
Alcohol/vol 14%
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorA rugged, old-school version, with tar, warm brick, leather and pepper notes creating a frame around the core of dark bitter plum and pastis-soaked black currant fruit. Bay leaf and tobacco details hold sway on the finish, which has pleasantly rustic grip. Best from 2016 through 2028. 375 cases imported.

James Molesworth, November 15, 2014
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateA wine I missed getting into the first southern Rhone report (Issue 215), the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape showed brilliantly from bottle. Loaded with Provencal character, it has tons of garrigue, licorice, ground pepper and sweet dark fruit, full-bodied richness and a sexy, seamless profile. I don't think it will be the longest lived Chateauneuf du Pape out there, but it will dish out plenty of pleasure over the coming 7-8 years at least.

Jeb Dunnuck, January 2015

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