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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. Jewel of its terroir, this blend of Syrah and Grenache is a pure pleasure!

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couleur
2016
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In the Costières de Nîmes area, there was a deficit of rainfall in the 2016 vintage, which began in the Spring. The Mediterranean grape varieties, not requiring much rain, suffered only mildly. The result was a smaller crop than average but one of very high quality.
There was simultaneous ripening of all the red varieties which facilitated the picking process. The Syrah grapes, which make up 47% of the Costières AOP, were small and dark skinned.
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90 pts   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker

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Costières de Nîmes
Vintage
2016

Grape Varieties: 

75% Syrah - 15% Mourvèdre - 5% Grenache - 5% Carignan

Terroir: 

Parcel selection of 4,5 ha, on Villafranchian quartzitic pebbles deposited by the Rhône, lying on limono-clayey hillsides (Grenaches, Carignan, Mourvèdre) and on clay-limestone (Syrahs) soils. This terroir produces small grape bunches, well ventilated and guaranteeing perfect sanitary conditions.

Winemaking: 

The Syrah have been harvested between the 8th and 18th of September, Grenache on the 13th and Mourvèdre and Carignan on September 21st.

The destemmed grapes were placed directly into tanks without crushing. Maceration lasted 4 weeks with daily pumping-over to favour the diffusion of the tannins and a gentle concentration. 18% of the cuvée was matured for 9 months in 3-year oak barrels.
Bottled on 27 July 2017.
17 010 bottlles and 560 magnums produced.

Tasting notes: 

"Floral, perfumed notes of garrigue and raspberries emerge on the nose, followed by a wine that's medium to full-bodied, creamy and supple in texture." Joe Czerwinski - 30th Nov 2017

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

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

Optimum maturity: 2017 - 2020
ABV: 14.5%

 

Tian of Provencal vegetables
Piece of marinated and roasted beef, Camargue black rice

Age of vines & yield: 

One parcel of 15-year old Syrah

Syrah, Grenache and Carignan of 30 years

Mourvèdre are less than 10 years

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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