M. Chapoutier La Ciboise Costières de Nîmes
The Costières de Nîmes officially belongs to Languedoc-Roussillon, but the A.O.C. which in 1989 was given the area to the vineyards of the Rhône Valley. The wine region is located to the east and south of the ancient Roman city of Nîmes and is approximately 60 km long and 20 km wide.
There is a Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny summers, Mistral wind and a little more rain than in other areas. The soil here contains a lot of pebbles and boulders supplied by the Rhône and the wines have the same character as those of Côtes du Rhône.
Michel Chapoutier is a visionary and pioneer of biodynamic viticulture and one of France's most respected winemakers. He brought the reputation of the family business to the top of the Rhone. After a traditional maceration, the different grape varieties for the La Ciboise rouge (there is also an attractive blanc) are vinified separately, which takes about 3 to 4 weeks. In this phase, the fermenting must is tasted daily whether reassembly (circulating the fermenting must with the grape skins) is desired or should be omitted in order to optimally integrate aroma and tannin in the wine in the making.
A beautiful rich wine, garnet red in color and with an intense aroma. Ripe soft fruits such as raspberries and black currants can easily be recognized in the bouquet. The taste is full and spicy with light tannins.
The wine can be drunk young and, if properly stored, has a shelf life of up to 5 years after harvest.
Producer: M. Chapoutier
Origin: Rhône Valley, France
Appellation: Costières de Nîmes
Color: Garnet red
Grape: Carignan, cinsault, grenache noir, mourvedre, syrah
Alcohol percentage: 14%
Aging: Matured for 6 months in the fine "Lie" in barrels.
Aging potential: 5 years