2017 Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes-du-Rhone

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 90
James Suckling: 91
Jeb Dunnuck: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$14.95

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"Plum and violet notes move in lockstep, with a light graphite edge scoring the finish. Lacks range, but is tasty nonetheless. Drink now through 2019. 30,000 cases made. -JM " (WS)

"The 100% Syrah 2017 Cotes du Rhone is a bargain superstar, offering hints of smoke, cracked pepper, blueberries and black olives. It's medium to full-bodied, with a long, supple finish. For the $20 (or less) I've seen it selling for, you're not going to find a better Syrah.

Proprietor Louis Barruol continues to turn out some of the most exciting wines in his home appellation of Gigondas while expanding his négociant activities. For those who didn't know, he also has a joint venture to produce Riesling and Pinot Noir in New York's Finger Lakes. He's bullish on the Southern Rhône 2016s. As he said to me, "Maybe it is as good as 2010." He's tinkered with the Gigondas lineup, eliminating the Valbelle bottling and blending it with his Gigondas. The other bottlings are all single-parcel, 100% Grenache wines from le Claux, Hominis Fides and le Poste. Barruol is a champion of Gigondas's move to add white wine to the appellation. I reviewed his 2016 Côtes du Rhône le Poste last year, a barrel-fermented Clairette, and it has opened up a bit since then, making a more convincing case. Reviews of the Northern Rhône bottlings will be included at a later date. " (WA)

"Beautiful, garrigue herbs and flowers across fragrant, red berries. The palate has a very deep-set, plush and ripe core of dark-berry flavors, amid glossy, ripe tannins. Great value. Drink or hold." (JS)

"The 100% Syrah 2017 Côtes du Rhône offers lots of Syrah dark fruits, pepper, and earthy minerality as well medium-bodied richness, a fine thread of acidity, and terrific balance. It’s not going to make old bones but is one delicious mouthful of a wine." (JD)