Not much has changed, actually. I have a wine atlas that is so detailed it has vineyard names and elevations, even some soil types. You can travel Burgundy from one end to the other identifying the premier and grand cru vineyards along the way. I suppose this is why I love wine so much, Old World wine in particular. Every bottle is like taking a trip. Every region is storied and full of rich history. Place. Terroir. Legacy. This is what makes wine special.
Chateau Saint Cosme epitomizes this tradition. The oldest estate in Gigondas, it has been in the same family since 1490, and the family has been the vignerons for 14 generations. The original Gallo-Roman fermentation vats are perfectly preserved. Saint Cosme is not merely a museum, though, but a living, breathing testament to the terroir of Gigondas. They farm organically and make wines that reflect a real sense of place. They have three distinct terroirs throughout 15 hectares of old vines (average 60 years old). The single-vineyard wines rival any Chateaneuf-du-Pape (Parker gave the 2010 Hominis Fides 100 points for what it's worth), but the more attainable simple Gigondas ain't too shabby (Parker gave the 2010 93 points for what it's worth).