2010 Château Grande Cassagne Costières de Nîmes Rosé

SKU #1069557

Château Grande Cassagne, owned and operated by Benoît and Laurent Dardé, is situated on the western edge of the Rhône Valley near the village of St. Gilles. Their vineyards are planted on an ancient riverbed covered with cailloux, or round weathered stones. The Dardé brothers are well known for their exemplary red wines of deep concentration. However, their best-kept secret may be their Rosé. Made from three grapes, the wine exudes red fruits and a strawberry perfume. This Rosé is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, and comes from tiny berries of forty-plus year old vines. Fermented a short time on its skins, it retains an electric pink color, soaring aromatics, and fully dry palate. Serve well chilled!

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/10/2011  | Send Email
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Produced from a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre from old vine stock, the nose is bright and distinctive with wild cherry notes underscored by a lime/chalky minerality that carries over into its refreshing, clean, mouthwatering palate and finish. This will be one of our house rosés for the month according to Anderson, Eby, the Bean and Rizzo. 13% ABV. (Jim Barr)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.