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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!

couleur
2018
Balanced and aromatic
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2018 was atypical in many ways. This vintage required a constant presence from the vineyards to the cellar. After a mild Winter, the wet and rainy Spring gave way to a beautiful Summer, favoring a perfect growth of the grapes. September then ushered in an Indian Summer that proved to be more than ideal for harvests with cool nights and warm & sunny days. The grapes were harvested for a total of 8 weeks at optimal maturity and under ideal climatic conditons. The result is an elegant vintage with a particularly aromatic profile and a superbe balance.
Rewards
90 pts - DWWA 2020
89 - Jeb Dunnuck
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Costières de Nîmes - Safranée
Vintage
2018

Grape Varieties: 

80% Syrah -10% Grenache -10% Mourvèdre

Terroir: 

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

Winemaking: 

Harvested from September 11th 2018. 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 25th July 2019.
 
15 252 bottlles and 240 magnums produced.

Tasting notes: 

Concentrated aromas of jammy black fruits characterize this vintage. The generous and mouth-filling palate ends on a fresh and persistant finish.

 

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve at 16-18°C (60°-65°F). Ideally open 1 hour prior to serving.
Optimum maturity:2019 - 2025
Alc. by vol. 14.5%
 
Fillet of beef with roasted shallots
Soup of potimarron with truffles

Age of vines & yield: 

20 years on average

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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