Chateau de Saint Cosme, tucked in the southern Rhone appellation of Gigondas, sings of history. With its average of 60 year old vines, over 500 years of Barruol family ownership, and 14th generation winemaker Louis Barruol at the helm, you cannot dispute their establishment.
Louis prides himself on the diversity of their geology that results in three distinctive plots. Le Poste, with its limestone and sand soils, often littered with fossils, produces the most refined wines from the estate. Le Claux, made up of limestone, clay and small gravels, creates the most "Burgundian Gigondas" with elegance and complexity. By contrast, the deepest and most powerful wines from the estate come from the Hominis Fides terroir, its sandy and limestone soils resulting in texture and refined tannins.
While producing exceptional quality wines from his vineyards, Barruol's love of terroir led him to look further afield. A negociant like no other, he selectively sources grapes from interesting plots and produces wines across the Rhone, each a unique expression of the vineyard they came from. Not stopping at Rhone, his passion took him to New York, where he grows Pinot Noir and Riesling in the Finger Lakes (see Forge Cellars for more information.)