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Valcombe - Chateau White

Costieres de Nimes

€16.99/Bottle | €203.88/Case
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Light Gold colour. On the nose, fresh and sweet lemon. On the palate, an ample wine, well balanced, with intense citrus and pear aromas, complemented by a touch of grapefruit. Beautiful elegant and fresh finish.

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: Roussanne 70%, Marsanne 30%.
Average age of the vines used for this blend is 15 years of age.
Winemaking: right after picking bunches are pressed directly under CO2 cover. Juice is decanted for 30 hours at about 10°c., then slowly fermented in tank at 12°c to 14°c.

Ageing: 4 months in cement tanks on the lies. Soft and regular “batonnage” to get the most out of the fruit, as well as a very soft mouthfeel. Then racking and bottling shortly after.
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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Critics
Irish Times Review Nov 10 2018, John Wilson Wonderful subtle elegant dry white with succulent peaches and pears, balanced perfectly by a mineral acidity. With grilled salmon steaks.
Valcombe - Chateau White
Red Nose Rating: 00%
Tags:
Aromatic whites, Fine Wine with long rich finish, Fruity whites