Those French can be pretty cagey. The promotional info on Domaine de Nizas states that it is owned by two descendants of a family of "Bordeaux merchants." What they fail to mention is that the family, the Lurtons, is one of the most important names in Bordeaux, proprietors of several famous chateaux including Ch?teau La Louvi?re in Graves. Nizas was founded in 1998 by John Goelet and Francois Lurton.
Nizas is in the Languedoc, now considered one of the most consistent wine areas in the world as well as one of the top areas for ros? wine. The Languedoc spans a large area and thus, is varied in the soils it embraces. It starts on the Eastern coast and heads south and then West until it ends in what we call the South of France.
One could not define a better area for growing grapes. Sitting on the Mediterranean Coast gives it two advantages-its maritime climate is perfect and the soils are decomposed sea matter, also known as the perfect fertilizer.
Nizas makes full use of both. Their 100-acre estate encompasses primarily Rhone varietals-Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan, all of which are over 50 years old and all, except the Carignan, go into our selection.
Here is a lively, fruit-driven and engaging wine packed with flavors from beginning to end. Rose petal, peach and citrus are just the beginning with an ending that would embrace crab enchiladas, cioppino or spaghetti with clam sauce.