With each swirl and sip of the Prestige Blanc 2016 from Costieres de Nimes, I dream of the south of France. Tantalizing aromas of just-picked white flowers and fresh peaches lead to mouthwateringflavors of tropical fruit, juicy lemons, and limes. With each taste, I considered a trip to this alluring region, the southernmost wine growing area in the Rhone Valley. If Costieres de Nimes is as casually elegant as the wine in my glass, I'm ready to visit (or have another sip)!
Steeped in Roman history and culture with Spanish and Moroccan influences, the area was settled in 19 B.C. By the 14th century, its wines were savored at the papal court in Avignon.
In 1951 fifty winemakers who surroundedthe Gallician village joined together and created the Cave de Gallician. Each bottle produced is embossed with a crocodile and Palm tree which represents the emblem of the city of Nimes.
Costieres de Nimes, located between the Mediterranean Sea and theCevennes region, borders Provence and the Languedoc. With a Mediterranean climate of cold winters, hot, dry summers, and 250-300 days of sunshine, a dramatic diurnal temperature, little rainfall except for violent autumn storms, and a constant threat of the mistral, the region is unique.
Gravelly soils, known as gress, surround the roots of the vines that may reach a depth of 5-15 meters. The gress allows the roots to maintain moisture from the heavy rains and tempers the cool breezes from the Petite Camargue, resulting in grapes that are juicy and fruitforward. These grapes, when cultivated, are zesty and bold and present mineral- like characteristics. What's there not to love about fresh, pure, ever-so food friendly wines from Costieres de Nimes? The Prestige Blanc is exquisite.
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