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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!

Balanced and aromatic
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.
90 pts - DWWA 2020
89 pts - Jeb Dunnuck

89 pts - Wine Enthusiast

Costières de Nîmes - Safranée


80% Syrah -10% Grenache -10% Mourvèdre


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.


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.

Note de dégustation: 

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


Service & accords: 

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 des vignes & rendement: 

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.