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Château Grand Escalion

Costières de Nîmes - Safranée

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 !

After somewhat “classic” Spring conditions, the vine growth was stable and constant, supported by atypical rainfall for this southern region. Thanks to a strong vigilance the grapes were harvested healthy and with excellent ripeness. Syrah have been harvested last, at the end of september, after the late-ripening grape varieties, to reach perfect maturity.

90/100  Robert Parker - Wine Advocate

89/100   Vinous - Josh Raynolds

4/5   Guide Hubert

Coup de coeur

- La Revue du Vin de France
Guide Bettane & Desseauve 2017

- Magazine L'Epicurien

Costières de Nîmes - Safranée


Syrah       75%
Grenache 25%


Villafranchian quartz pebbles deposited by the Rhône river and red clay


5-day skin soak prior to fermentation. According to tasting evaluation, an alternance of punching down, pumping over and rack-and-return methods were applied. Moderate extraction, especially towards the end of the alcoholic fermentation, to favour silky tannins. The free-run and press wine
were blended before being put into barrel and tank. 40% was placed in 3-year old oak barrels for a period of 8 months.
Bottled the 8th July 2015. 6.600 bottles produced.

Note de dégustation: 

“Dark crimson robe due to the 75% Syrah with concentrated blue fruit and integrated oak aromas. The palate shows fresh fruit livelyness and silky, harmonious tannins. The finish is long and elegant.”
Nicolas Speranza – Estate Manager/winemaker (Dec 2015)

Service & accords: 

“Bresse” chicken with wild mushrooms
Grilled lamb brochette with rosemary and salt of the Camargue

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