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Costières de Nîmes is one of those appellations where choosing the producer carefully is the key - some are indeed delicious, and some can be ignored. Well-known French wine critics Bettane & Desseauve consider Château Mas Neuf to be the reference point for great Costières de Nimes, and we do agree. This wine is a full-bodied and powerful red with intense flavours of black cherries, figs, pepper and liquorice. The long finish is nicely sustained by fine tannins. If you are looking for off-the-radar appellations from Rhône Valley, this one is for you.
|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Domain: Château Mas Neuf
Appellation: Costières de Nîmes
Region: Rhône Valley
Grapes: Grenache (70%), Mourvèdre (27%), Syrah (3%)
Drink from now to 2021
Open 1 to 2 hours before, ideally decanted.
Serve at 15-17°C
Read meet stew, beef and kidney pie or any other braised meat dish.
Soil: Sand and pebbles
Age of vines: 30 to 50 years old
Ageing: 9 to 12 months in oak barrels
|What experts says|
88-90 (2012 vintage) "The 2012 Costières de Nîmes Compostelle (70% Syrah, 27% Mourvèdre and a splash of Grenache) has a firm, focused and classical feel to go with notes of black cherries and assorted dark fruits, pepper, cedar and earth. The acidity is nicely integrated, it has good concentration and a clean, classy finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. In short, it’s a very well-made Costières de Nîmes to drink through 2022."