Côtes du Rhône, France
Louis Barruol is part of the generation of young winemakers from the Rhône Valley who have breathed new life into their old family estates and rapidly improved the quality of the wines. The Barruol family has a long heritage in winemaking and has been involved with the Château de St. Cosme vineyard since 1490.
After a classical university course, Louis was taught winemaking and viticulture by his experienced father and took over the family estate in 1997. Louis adopted traditional techniques of long, slow maceration, natural yeast, barrel fermentation, and bottling wines unfiltered for maximum flavor and intensity. He has a passion for working with old vines, cultivating extremely small yields, and waiting patiently for full ripening and flavor development. Barruol's wines are ageworthy and powerful, fully expressing the terroir of the historic Rhône region.
As a testament to Barroul's winemaking skills, many of his wines have been consistently rated 90+ pts. Robert Parker affirms, "The young Louis Barruol has quickly emerged as one of the southern Rhone's most talented young winemakers."