2016 Château de Nages Costières de Nimes VOX 96 pts
A new cuvée in honor of the Roman heritage of winemaking in the region that goes back over 2000 years (VOX means “voice” in Latin), the 2016 Costières de Nîmes VOX comes from terroirs around the estate and is a cellar selection of the top lots in the vintage. The greatest Costières de Nîmes I’ve ever tasted, it offers a sensational bouquet of black raspberries, crushed flowers, incense, and licorice. Deep, full-bodied, layered, and incredibly balanced, with no hard edges and thrilling purity, drink it any time over the coming decade or so. The blend is 62% Grenache, 28% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Hats off to the team at Château de Nages! Anyone doubting that this region can make truly world-class wines needs to taste this.
2016 Château de Nages Costières de Nimes JT 92 pts
The 2016 Costières de Nîmes JT checks in as a Syrah-dominated blend that includes 7% Mourvèdre (40% whole cluster) and perhaps a splash of Viognier. Deeply colored, with ripe, flamboyant notes of pepper, game, spring flowers and loads of blue fruits, it has medium to full body, terrific tannin ripeness, and outstanding balance. It’s a seriously good Syrah that would sell for 60 dollars or more if it came from the Northern Rhône or California.
2016 Château de Nages Costières de Nimes Vieilles Vignes 90 pts
I loved the 2016 Costières de Nîmes Vieilles Vignes, which is largely Grenache blended with 15% each of Syrah and Carignan. Sporting a deep purple color as well as outstanding notes of black and blue fruits, peppery garrigue, and earth, it’s a sexy Costières de Nîmes that has terrific purity of fruit, sweet tannins, and more length and depth than the humble price point would have you believe. Drink it anytime over the coming 4-5 years.
2017 Château de Nages Costières de Nimes JT 91-94 pts
The flagship is the 2017 Costières de Nîmes JT, a Syrah-dominated cuvée that includes a splash of Mourvèdre. Fermented with 40% stems and aged in equal parts French oak and concrete tanks, its deep purple color is followed by ripe, full-bodied aromas and flavors of blueberries, plums, ground pepper, peach pit, and graphite. Rounded, sexy, and beautifully pure, it’s a pleasure-bent yet also elegant Syrah that’s going to keep for a solid 8-10 years.
2017 Château de Nages Costières de Nimes Vieilles Vignes 91-93 pts
The 2017 Costières de Nîmes Vieilles Vignes checks in a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, and the rest Syrah brought up in a mix of French oak and concrete tanks. It has an exotic, flamboyant profile as well as plenty of dark fruits, violets, and peach pit nuances. Drink this full-bodied, incredibly expressive 2017 on release and over the following 7-8 years.
2017 Château de Nages Costières de Nimes JT white 92-94 pts
The 2017 Costières de Nîmes JT Blanc (70% Roussanne, 20% Viognier, and the rest Clairette) sports a medium gold color as well as deep, rich aromas of orange blossom, honeysuckle, and spice. It’s a more powerful, richer wine than the Vieilles Vignes, has medium to full body, good acidity, and a great finish.
2017 Château de Nages Costières de Nimes Vieilles Vignes white 90-92 pts
The 2017 Costières de Nîmes Vieilles Vignes Blanc is a smoking good white that has more than a hint of Condrieu in its tangerine, honeysuckle, flowers, and orange blossom. Medium-bodied, vibrant, and elegant, with richness and freshness, it’s a big, exotic, layered, balanced beauty to drink over the coming year or three. The blend of the 2017 is 45% Grenache Blanc, 25% Roussanne, 20% Viognier, and the balance Clairette.
2017 Château de Nages Costières de Nimes Buti Nages white 90 pts
A blend of Grenache and Roussanne, the 2017 Costières de Nîmes Butinages was bottled early in March and offers a medium gold color to go with beautiful white peach, citrus, and honeysuckle. It’s clean, elegant and fresh, with a terrific mix of freshness and richness. Drink it over the coming year or two.
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