Burgers and Côtes du Rhône

Perfect Burger Pairing?
Is there a perfect wine pairing for the classic American hamburger? I think not, which is good given the frequency of burgers on our dinner tables. I look for easygoing reds with a nice, plush texture and enough body to pair with the meaty flavor and fat in the burger. It helps if the wine is affordable, too. Today we enjoyed a very nice Côtes du Rhône from Chateau de Saint Cosme which ticked all the boxes for “Goes Well with Burgers”.

Typical Southern Rhone scene near Gigondas – wildflowers, vineyards, rocky hillsides

Château de Saint Cosme in the Southern Rhone
Château de Saint Cosme is a historic property in the southern Rhone, just north of the beautiful village of Gigondas. The estate sits on the site of a Gallo Roman villa and has been in the Barruol family since the 16th century. In 1997, the family enlarged their business with a negociant operation where they purchase grapes or young wines from other growers and blend, age and bottle the wines in their wineries. The negociant wines can be discerned by the label in that they simply say “Saint Cosme” rather than “Château de Saint Cosme”.

The Château de Saint Cosme approach is very traditional. The vineyards have been farmed organically since the 1970’s and are certified organic. Since 2010 they have incorporated biodynamic practices. In the winery, the wines are vinified using indigenous yeasts and the wines are aged in neutral containers, and most are bottled unfiltered.

Disclaimer: The wine for this post was provided as a sample. No other compensation was involved.  All opinions are my own.

Château de Saint Cosme “Les Deux Albion” Côtes du Rhône

Château de Saint Cosme “Les Deux Albion” Côtes du Rhône 2017 (sample $21 or online here) 15.5% abv
The grapes for “Les Deux Albion” are harvested and co-fermented with indigenous yeasts. The wine is aged in large format wooden foudres and concrete tanks. Grapes: 50% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Clairette
Eye: Clear, medium purple color
Nose: Clean, medium+ intensity aromas of ripe, dark fruits: blueberry, blackberry, fresh figs plus a touch of raisins. Violets, clean earth, just a bit of leather. The dominant aromas are fruit with a bit of earth behind.
Mouth: Dry, medium+ intensity flavors which follow the aromas closely, although the fruits are tending more to cooked flavors. Medium acidity, medium fine grained tannins, high alcohol, rich full fruity body. Plush texture with a generous medium finish.
Observations: A very good quality example of Cotes du Rhone with rich ripe fruits with some earth behind. The balance is good, but the high alcohol does show. This wine will be enjoyed by new world and old world drinkers alike.


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