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Costières De Nîmes Rouge Vieilles Vignes

Costières De Nîmes Rouge Vieilles Vignes

Country

France

Region

Rhone

Sub-Region

Costières de Nîmes

Producer

Château La Tour de Beraud

Vintage

2012

Composition

89% SYRAH, 10% GRENACHE, 1% MOURVEDRE

Certifications

Certified Organic

Press

88 points Wine Advocate

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WINEMAKER NOTES

Chateau La Tour de Beraud is named after the old fire tower on the property that dates back to the XIV century. The tower, which is now surrounded by old vineyards of Carignan, was originally built to help prevent invasions from the Mediterranean Sea.

TASTING NOTES

Dark color with purple highlights. The nose delivers tonalities of black fruit, cocoa, and spices. The palate presents a pleasant mouth feel, and silky tannins. It has typical Mediterranean aromas.

VINEYARD

Château La Tour de Béraud is a property stretching over 30 acres, located in the southern part of the Rhône Valley in AOP Costières-de-Nîmes. The vineyards are situated only a few miles from the Rhone River. The result is an exceptional terroir composed of flat, rounded stones (“galets”) on clay and limestone, enabling the vines to draw nutrients and moisture for the depths of the soil. The galets protect the soil from evaporation and also add a touch of minerality and freshness to the wines. Vine age ranges from 5 – 20 years.

PRESS

“A step up over the classic cuvee, the 2012 Costières de Nîmes Vieilles Vignes checks in as a blend of 80% Syrah, 10% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre that spent 18 months in equal parts barrel and concrete tank. Giving up plenty of dark fruits, olive paste, pepper and some earthiness, this medium-bodied, nicely concentrated and balanced red will drink nicely over the coming 4-5 years.” – 88 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate