A great French blend…that’s not a blend! 2020 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône


Côtes du Rhône red,  the consistently-reliable value wine from France,

is almost always a blend of several grapes

that thrive in the foothills of the Rhône river.   


Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignane and Cinsault

usually team up, in varying ratios, to form

what is generically referred to as “Côtes du Rhône”.


“Almost” and “usually” are the operative terms here. 

Every once in a while, there’s an exception to the CDR rule.

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It’s Wine Thursday!, our weekly take on a good bottle

that sells at an approachable price and is easy to source…

at retail, online or both.   


We’ve enjoyed many versions and variations of Côtes du Rhône

and have never experienced a CDR that’s 100% anything…

until now.






The winery

Château de Saint Cosme winery has an historic lineage,

impressive portfolio and, of course, a most iconic label. 

That’s a drawing of the Saint Cosme’s Chapel. 

You’ll see it on Château de Saint Cosme’s world-renowned

Gigondas, Côte-Rôtie, Crozes-Hermitage and Châteauneuf du Pape. 

The Château has been making wine for close to five centuries.   


The wine

Saint Cosme’s 2020 Côtes du Rhône is an outlier. 

Not a traditional CDR blend…not a blend at all…it’s 100% Syrah. 

As such, it is dense, strong and solidly built, as expected,

but it does deliver a surprise or two. 

One, it does not have the spicy, peppery flavors

nor the strong tannins one might expect

from a pure Syrah play.   

The tannins are soft, the weight is medium and

the flavors are pleasantly subdued.

It’s a great introduction to the fine wines of the Rhône valley.

This CDR would pair particularly well

with beef, lamb or sausages.   


Where to find it 


The Saint Cosme CDR is on the shelf at QFC for $10.99 

The list price at Total Wine is $12.97. 

The price at Fred Meyer is $13.98. 

Scanning the internet, we found it at Vine Republic for $13.98  


The price at Vinopolis is $14.00  


B-21 has it for $14.98


or for those in California, you can pick it up in person

or order from K&L for $15.99