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Château Grand Escalion

Costières de Nîmes - Safranée

Appellation d'origine protégée

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.

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.
90 pts    Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
Costières de Nîmes - Safranée


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


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.


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.
Vegan Friendly.

Note de dégustation: 

"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 & accords: 

Serve at 16-18°C (60°-65°F). Ideally open 1 hour prior to serving.
Tian of Provencal vegetables
Optimum maturity: 2017 - 2020
ABV: 14.5%

Age des vignes & rendement: 

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.