Château La Coste Cuvee Rouge
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Château La Coste is a winery, art center, and resort in Southern France, about 20 kilometers north of Aix-en-Provence.
- It produces organic wines from Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and IGP Portes de Méditerranée.
- Varietal blending takes place in a state-of-the-art vat room.
- The estate is renowned for its open-air exhibition of contemporary sculpture and its building complex designed by world-famous architects.
- The estate we see today originated in 2003, when Irish art collector and real-estate entrepreneur Patrick McKillen bought the property, converting it into a center dedicated to “Wine, Art, and Architecture.”
Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah
Elaboration: The terroir of the vineyard is clay and limestone. Parcels of old vines are selected. Hand-picked grapes are sorted in the vineyard and cellar. The must is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, manual punching down and post fermentation maceration on marc. The wine is matured 50% in new French oak barrels and 50% in single-wine barrels (18 to 20 months).
Tasting Notes: Dark ruby red color, with rust-colored highlights. Intense nose with aromas of cherries and ripe red currants and a few notes of cocoa. A delicate and structured juice without angular tannins. Soft, tender and deep. Silky and delicate tannins, aromas of raspberries, wild blackberries, morello cherries, blackcurrants, precious woods. A delicate and expressive finish with aromas of liquorice and garrigue. A great, open and distinguished wine that heralds yet more great years of ageing.
2018 – 90 points Wine Enthusiast
Château La Coste produces organic wines from Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and IGP Portes de Méditerranée. Covering some 200 hectares, the estate boasts a wine-making tradition dating back to Roman times, in a remarkable setting featuring vineyards, cypresses, stone pines, olive trees, and oaks.
Inspired by the exceptional terroir, Château La Coste uses organic processes and applies biodynamic principles, prioritizing quality over quantity. In 2009, Château La Coste’s wines were given the “Organic Farming” label, which acknowledges the estate’s respect for the land and for practicing farming methods in perfect harmony with nature.