The Château Grand Escalion is one of the prestigious estates of Maison Gabriel Meffre built in 1884. The vineyards are located in the commune of Générac, South of the Roman city of Nîmes and include 44ha (100 acres) of Costières de Nîmes AOP and varietally-designated vineyards. The property is managed under the “Terra Vitis” Sustainable Agriculture practices aimed at respecting the terroir, the vines and the men. The Domaine goes even further by using only organic fertilizers.
The grapes come from young vines of Grenache and Syrah on stony-clay soil as well as from an older parcel of Syrah. This blend provides both freshness and richness to the wine.
To favour aromatic freshness and vivacity, the grapes were harvested during the early hours of the day when temperatures were at their coolest. The Syrah grapes went directly into the pneumatic press, what’s known as “pressurage direct”, to obtain the first and finest juice with no skin contact. The Grenache grapes spent a few hours of maceration on the skins and then the vats were “bled” of the fresh juice. After a cold settling period of 18 hours, the two varieties were then fermented together for about 3 weeks at low temperature.
Pale rose-petal hue, clear and bright. Open and jumping from the glass, the nose shows floral and red cherry notes and a delicate cinnamon spice. The palate is bracing and elegant with flavours of red currant and citrus. A wine destined for fine gastronomic pairings
Tartines au fromage de chèvre et copeaux de jambon noir de Bigorre
Goat cheese toasts with shreds of black ham from « Bigorre »
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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