Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Wine of the Week: Château Saint-Cyrgues Rosé

This week's featured wine is a light, refreshing organic rose perfect for year around consumption; and it also happens to come from one of the oldest vineyards in Europe. Wines from Costières de Nîmes have been produced for over two-thousand years and were even consumed by the Greeks. This ancient city has a Mediterranean climate, similar to that of the Rhône valley; however due to it's close proximity to the coast the wines also have a noticeable marine influence.  The Château Saint-Cyrgues Rosé is made up of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache and is grown on both clay and limestone soils. It's light-bodied and fresh, with inviting floral notes, wild cherry, and raspberry. Pair this summer-sipper with steamed vegetables, aioli, and fresh made pizza. 

Costières de Nîmes (which loosely translates to ‘the slopes of Nimes’) sits at the nexus of the rocky hills of Provence and the sandy alluvial plains of the Camargues. Many of its areas feature the larger, flat galets, the signature stones of Chateauneuf du Pape. Among the many value driven wines in the Langdon Shiverick portfolio, Chateau Saint Cyrgues stands out as offering very inexpensive product that punches well above its weight class. Located in Saint Gilles, which borders the Camargue region at the mouth of the Rhone River, Chateau Saint Cyrgues was built on the ruins of the Church of Saint- Cirice de Marge in 1654. Jean-Pierre Ferraud and his son Loic Ferraud now run the domaine, which has begun to practice 100% organic viticulture and vinification.


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