So it should come as no surprise that Chateau de Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône is typically a $15 bottle of wine. The 2010 vintage “has lush, silky-textured layers of dark plum, anise and crushed blackberry fruit, woven with black tea and graphite notes through the finish,” according to James Molesworth, who scored it 90 points in the Oct. 15 issue of Wine Spectator. And yes, that hint of lead pencil is supposed to be appealing. The wine “impresses with its length and depth,” he added, noting that it should drink well through the end of next year.
Parker lists the “release price” for St. Cosme Côtes du Rhône 2010 at $15 a bottle and Wine Spectator lists it at $16. But you can find it on sale at shops like Calvert Woodley, Paul’s of Chevy Chase and Well’s Discount Liquor in Baltimore for just $11.99 or at MacArthur Beverages for $12.99. (See the slideshow for representative prices around town.)
If this and the grenache-dominated red we recommended last week are any indication, there are lots of good things to come from the newest Rhone Valley vintage. Most stores still have some 2007s and lots of 2009 still on the shelves, not to mention a few 2008s that are well-made wines but didn’t get the hype of their older and younger siblings.
It’s probably going to be hard to find a bad bottle on in the Rhone Valley aisle of your local wine shop for the foreseeable future.
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