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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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2017
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Weather conditions in 2017 were marked by high temperatures and a lack of rainfall disturbing the flowering process. The spring and summer heatwave resulted in a rapid evolution of sugar in the grapes without the maturity of tannins and anthocyanins being simultaneously acheived. Patience was therefore required to obtain a perfect phenolic maturity! The harvest was, however, particularly early and started on August 29th for red varieties. A great vigilance in the cellar associated with the quality of our terroirs, which have generally well resisted to the extreme conditions of this year, deliver here a nice vintage for the third year running.

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Costières de Nîmes
Vintage
2017

Grape Varieties: 

72% Syrah

23% Grenache

5% Carignan

Terroir: 

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

Winemaking: 

Harvested between the 29th and 7th of September 2017. 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. 25% of the cuvée was matured for 10 months in French oak barrels.

Bottled on 19th July 2018.

22 869 bottlles and 410 magnums produced.

Tasting notes: 

Aromas of ripe red plum and sweet spices with a full, round and long palate, characterize this wine in 2017.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

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

Optimum maturity: 2018 - 2024

Alc. by vol.: 14.5%

 

Eggplant caviar
"Camargue" black risotto

Age of vines & yield: 

15 years on average

35 hl/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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