Chateau de Nages is Michel Gassier’s familial domaine, based in the northern sector of Costières de Nîmes.
2015 Chateau de Nages Costieres de Nimes JT Rouge 91 points
I was fortunate enough to taste this Syrah-based blend twice in a single day, once blind in the morning and once during my evening visit to Michel Gassier (Château de Nages is his family’s estate), with identical impressions. The 2015 Costieres de Nimes JT is full-bodied and rich, loaded with plummy fruit, but it also boasts fine notes of garrigue for complexity and extraordinarily supple tannins. It’s nearly over the top but stays just this side of that line for my palate, a fun ride from start to finish. – JC
2016 Chateau de Nages Costieres de Nimes JT Blanc 92 points
A barrel-fermented and aged blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier, the 2016 Costieres de Nimes Blanc JT is decadently rich and intense. Full-bodied and creamy in texture, with honeyed notes of pineapple and caramel that linger on the long, plush finish, it’s a sexy white for drinking over the next couple of years. – JC
2016 Chateau de Nages Costieres de Nimes JT Rouge (90-92) points
Based on a tank sample, the 2016 Costieres de Nimes JT looks to be another highly successful effort. Hints of herb and coffee bean accent super ripe dark fruit, while the texture is creamy-supple and the finish long. – JC
2016 Chateau de Nages Costieres de Nimes Vieilles Vignes Blanc 90 points
A blend of barrel-aged and tank-aged lots, the 2016 Costieres de Nimes Blanc Vieilles Vignes is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Viognier and Bourboulenc. It’s rich and lush, full-bodied and loaded with notes of honey and pineapple, then finishes with some pleasant bitterness. – JC
2016 Chateau de Nages Costieres de Nimes Vieilles Vignes Rouge (90-92) points
A tank sample of the 2016 Costieres de Nimes Vieilles Vignes was even more promising than the very good 2015, boasting super ripe Grenache aromas that venture into the realm of stone fruits and black cherries, yet the wine remains balanced, supple and long. – JC
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