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Valcombe - Chateau Red

Costieres de Nimes

€16.99/Bottle | €203.88/Case
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Dark red colour. On the nose black fruit flavours are intense. On the palate, the blackberry characters are complemented with black olives and “garrigue” flavours with a touch of spices. Very fresh finish, soft, fruity, with a subtle and delicate tannins structure.

Vineyard: vineyard soils are made of Rhone pebbles on 3% to 5% slopes, with a South exposure, overlooking the Camargue ponds.
Total vine production surface of 63ha.
Soils are poor, drained, slightly acidic, made of a very thick Rhone pebbles cover (5 to 15m depth).
Unique character: a very thin limestone layer brings up a surprising freshness and a mineral touch to the wine; this is an absolutely unique case within the Costières de Nîmes wine region.

Blend: Syrah 70%, Grenache 30%. Average age of the vines used for this blend is 20 to 25 years of age.

Winemaking: bunches are fully de-stemmed then directly brought in tank, with a very slight crushing. Each block gets fermented in its own cement tank at 25-27° celcius, then 27-29°c when sugar gets very low. Pumpovers are soft, slow and done several time a day over a short period of time. Fruit-structure balance is our main objective, with preservation of the grape natural flavours.

Ageing: 10 to 12 months in cement tanks.
The Vineyard
Château de Valcombe, a family-owned property since 1749, is the southernmost estate in the Costières de Nîmes. Close to the Mediterranean Sea and planted on soils boasting the highest concentration of limestone in the region, Valcombe offers refined, concentrated wines with exuberant freshness and minerality. In 1791 the estate received official recognition from the revolutionary army for the quality of wines sent to the frontlines; wines from the domain were featured at the 1855 and 1873 World’s Fairs.
 
Following the Second World War, the estate was inherited by Charles Ricome, who replanted most of the vineyards and was among the first to plant Syrah in the appellation. The reins of the estate have been handed to Charles’s son Dominique and his grandsons Basile and Nicolas. The vineyards planted in 1955 are still in cultivation and are, along with the entirety of the estates’ vineyards, in the process of being converted to organic viticulture.

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Valcombe - Chateau Red
Red Nose Rating: 00%
Tags:
Fine Wine with long rich finish, Medium-bodied reds, Rich, spicy reds