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Rose, 2018. Chateau Saint Nabor

Rose, 2018. Chateau Saint Nabor

Item #: R0819R2IF
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Gris De Nabor Rose
Vineyard/Appellation: I.G.P. Gard, France
Color: Medium Pink
Nose: Strawberry, Apricot
Palate: Enveloping Fruit, Citrus
Finish: Refreshing
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Light Meats, Fowl, Vegetarian/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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The Castor family have been the proprietors of Chateau Saint Nabor for five generations. The estate is located in the stellar wine region of Cotes du Rhone in southern France. But it was not always the stellar region it is today.

Gerard Castor was at the forefront of the area's renaissance in the early 1970s, when he and a few others decided to make wines with the goal of quality not quantity. At that time, he had a total of 17 acres.

Things in the wine world were changing. Gerard recognized that. The public wanted better wines and more of them. So, he invested all he had to purchase new land to plant grapes and supply this growing need. Today the chateau farms 220 acres and is at the helm is his son, Jeremie.

The family's quest for quality took them outside the rules of the Cotes du Rhone appellation. The main grape in our blend is Tempranillo, which is not allowed in a blend labeled Cotes du Rhone, even though the winery is in the appellation and all the grapevines are as well.

Two grapes that are allowed, Grenache and Cinsault, make up the balance of this blend. So, the Castors aren't averse to using appellation grapes, they just don't make their decisions based on the appellation's rules. They're interested in making the best wine possible. A noble calling, and one we wish more would follow.

The result is a perfect wine with all the pedigree and flavor of a great Rhone Rose. Peach nectar and strawberry abound with stunning resolution.