The 2009 red Côtes du Rhône are finally arriving at my local wine shops! Thank the gods! We’ve been enjoying some Rhône whites lately, but, hey, let’s get back to the big-boys table now.
Hegui and I tried the wonderful 2009 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône the other day as a weeknight upgrade. Saint Cosme is ancient. The area even has a ruin of a Roman villa that they date to the year 109. The ancestors of the current owners acquired the vineyards in Gigondas in the Sixteenth century (the year 1570) and have been producing wine since. That’s cool.
This wine has everything! It is made of 100% syrah blended from a couple of vineyard sites. It was a deep purplish black color with a great nose of tar, tobacco and black cherry. This is a full-bodied wine with delightful chewy tannins. We noted mocha, tar, chocolate cake, cocoa, coffee grounds and toffee.
It was only about $15 where I shop in San Francisco. Plus, I’ve seen it in magnum for about $32. For a wine with this much stuffing, this is a real steal.
Mmmm! I wonder what other thrilling Côtes du Rhônes are waiting to be discovered?