2016 Domaine de l'Ermitage "Victor" Costières de Nîmes Rosé

SKU #1297550 Wine Spectator

 Brisk in feel, with an herbal twinge amid the mix of watermelon rind and blood orange flavors. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. (JM, Web Only-2017)

K&L Notes

Costières de Nîmes is at the southernmost part of the Rhône Valley, on the opposite bank from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. One of our best new finds is Château de l'Ermitage, which produces three terrific values with eminent 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 rosé is a blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache Noir and 20% Mourvèdre. The soil consists of large pebbles from the Durance river, which long predates the Rhône. Full of fresh fruit and lively acidity this is great for spicy or exotic cuisines. The winery is certified Terra Vitis (sustainable).

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2018 | Send Email
Prepare for Spring with a few bottles of this delicious, crisp rose! Fruit forward while still being dry and refreshing, this will satisfy any rose lovers craving!

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
The uniquely high iron content of the stony gravel and pebbly soils, coupled with the proximity to the Mediterranean creates wines of greater depth and concentration that would be expected in a region that straddles both the Rhone and Languedoc. After discovering the remarkable value found in the Ermitage Rouge for several vintages, the rosé proved just as delectable, flavorful and vibrant, framed with notes of ripe peach, strawberry and spice, with enough luscious acidity on the crisp, inviting finish. Open this delightful rosé on a picnic with cold roast chicken or a mouthwatering paella!
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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5