2010 Château Grande Cassagne Costières de Nîmes Rouge
Located 25 miles west of Avignon in the small village of St. Gilles, is the area called 'Les Cassagnes'. The Dardé brothers, Laurent and Benoît, farm 80 acres of rocky benchland here, and produce by hand, terrific wines on their estate Grande Cassagne. Planted in their vineyards is very old Grenache of nearly 60 years, as well as 40 year old plantings of Syrah. Serious leaf-pulling and crop-thinning is practiced each vintage by the Dardé brothers to ensure maximum ripeness and deep, saturated wines. The Grenache (60%) is tank-fermented, with a small portion of the Syrah (40%) cask-aged. Rich in color, this wine exudes powerful red fruits and spice. The wine is well textured with ripe tannins that lay behind the fruit to create this wonderfully juicy, round wine. Rich in color and flavor, this Rhone beauty will age gracefully over the next two to five years. 13.5% abv.