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Valcombe - Garance Red

Costieres de Nimes

€30.00/Bottle | €360.00/Case
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Deep black colour. On the nose powerful black fruit flavours blend with moka, coffee, wooded vanilla
and toasted notes. On the palate, the wine is powerful, intense, complex, concentrated, with a perfect balance between fruit, wood and spices. The finish is never ending and shows a very surprising freshness
The Vineyard
Blend: Syrah 100%. The 2 oldest syrah blocks of the estate, planted by Charles Ricome in 1955.

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.

Winemaking: grapes are hand picked and placed in 1 single concrete tank without crushing. After 72 hours cold maceration, fermentation starts slowly to reach 26/27°c then 29/30°c at the end of the fermentation process. Several short and soft pump-overs per day during fermentation; no “délestages”. Wine is kept under skin cover at 30°c for 10/12 days after fermentation

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.
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Valcombe - Garance Red
Red Nose Rating: 00%
Tags:
Fine Wine with long rich finish, Rich, spicy reds