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Château Grand Escalion

Costières de Nîmes

Appellation d'origine protégée

The cuvée “Safranée” of Château Grand Escalion comes from a small parcel selection of 3ha. Jewel of its terroir, this blend of Syrah and Grenache is a pure pleasure !

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2015
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After a classic Spring of alternating sunshine and rainy periods and a healthy flowering, the vine development was even and regular. July and August were hot and dry until late rains in August modified the planned harvest dates, requiring particular attention from our winemaking team. Picking of the Syrah started on the 21st September and the Grenache on the 28th September 2015.
 
Rewards

88-91/100   Robert Parker - Wine Advocate

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Costières de Nîmes
Vintage
2015

Grape Varieties: 

Grenache 55%

Syrah       45%

Terroir: 

Parcel selection of 3 ha, on Villafranchian quartzitic pebbles deposited by the Rhône, lying on limono-clayey hillsides (Grenaches) and on clay-limestone (Syrahs) soils. This terroir produces small grape bunches, well ventilated and guaranteeing a qualitative yield (37hl in 2015).

Winemaking: 

The destemmed grapes are placed directly into tanks without crushing. Maceration lasts 4 weeks with daily pumping-over to favour the diffusion of the tannins and a gentle concentration. 15% of the cuvée is matured for 9 months in oak barrels.
Bottled on 21 July 2016.
10 213 bottlles and 560 magnums produced.

Tasting notes: 

"...the 2015 Costières de Nîmes Safranée gives up plenty of ripe plum and blueberry fruit, licorice and pepper in its rounded, mouth-filling personality." Jeb Dunnuck for The Wine Advocate-Robert Parker, 30th Dec 2016.

 

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve at 16-18°C (60°-65°F). Ideally open 1 hour prior to serving.

Optimum maturity: 2016 - 2022
ABV: 14.5%

 

Clafoutis with candied black olives
Bull steak with herbs

Age of vines & yield: 

For this vintage, we have assembled plots of Syrah of about fifteen years, and a Syrah and a Grenache of 30 years.

37hl/ha.

The 44ha of the vineyard extend on gentle slopes that give their name to the estate. “Escalion” means “slope” in provençal language.

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