2014 Ermitage "Victor" Costières de Nîmes Rouge

SKU #1237643

Costières de Nîmes is at the southernmost part of the Rhône Valley, sitting on the opposite bank of Chateauneuf du Pape. One of our best new finds is Château de l'Ermitage which produces three terrific values with imminent drinkability. The estate's history traces back to the 12th century when the winery produced wine for the pilgrims of St-Jacques de Compostelle who were traveling the Santiago de Compostela. The property is now owned by the Castillon family, and today Michel and his son Jerome manage the vineyards and winemaking. The "Victor" is named for the first member of the Castillon family to own the property. The Rouge is a blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre, and 20% Grenache Noir. The terroir consists of large pebbles from the Durance river which long predates the Rhône. Average age of the vines is 25 years old and the vineyard is about 20.5 hectares. The wine is aged in concrete vats for 6-9 months. This is a terrific barbecue red with plenty of ripe black fruit, peppery spice, and pipe tobacco. The winery is certified Terra Vitis (sustainable).

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2016 | Send Email
Don’t let the screw cap deter you: this picnic-perfect red is sophisticated, complex, and delicious. Darker-fruited with a smoky finish, the 2014 Rouge is a blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Mourvedre, and 20% Grenache Noir. Smooth with just enough black pepper to keep things interesting, this would be great with anything grilled, but is easygoing enough to enjoy on its own. Plus the winery is certified sustainable! All this for barely ten dollars - thank you, DI program!

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2016 | Send Email
A perfectly delightful red table wine from Rhone, and because of the fact that we directly import it, the price is fantastic for this wine. A little earth in the nose that, upon being open for a bit, becomes a lovely note of pepper. The wine has juicy dark berry notes along with spice and some pepper notes, making this an absolutely perfect picnic and BBQ wine. We sold through last year's vintage and had people asking for more, and this year looks like it will be no different, so it is best to pick some up now.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/29/2016 | Send Email
Give me ten bucks and I’ll give you a wine that seduces your palate with such remarkable finesse and savory, juicy black fruit, body and spice that you will ask “What the…?” This is a seriously delicious, eight days a week red from an under-appreciated appellation in the Rhône Valley that delivers an arresting bottle of wine for the price of roughly two grande lattes. Now you can have your wine and drink it too, because it will hardly cost you. Think smart, be smart, thank you.
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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2016 | Send Email
Located right next to Chateauneuf Du Pape, the “Victor” offers an amazing Rhône style blend at table-wine pricing! Showcasing amazing structure framed by a composition of 40% Syrah grapes, 40% Mourvèdre and 20% Grenache, “Victor” offers warm, savory fruit flavors, smooth tannins and a soft acid finish. Pick up a case, it makes a perfect everyday dinner accompaniment!

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2016 | Send Email
This is undoubtedly the best $10 wine we have in the store. Dark berry fruits, juicy and lifted with a backbone of black peppercorn spice and graphite. Pair this with just about anything, or nothing at all.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5