2014 Ermitage "Victor" Costieres de Nimes Blanc

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Costieres de Nimes is at the southernmost part of the Rhone Valley sitting on the opposite bank of Chateauneuf du Pape. One of our best new finds is Chateau 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 pilgirms of Saint Jacques de Compostelle who were traveling the Santiago de Compostela. The property is now owned by 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 Blanc is a blend of 60% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc and 10% Viognier. The terroir consists of large pebbles from the Durance river which long predates the Rhone. Average age of the vines is 20 years old and the vineyard is about 6.5 hectares. Expect a richer palate from the Grenache Blanc and Roussanne and lovely aromatics from the Viognier. The winery is certified Terra Vitis (sustainable).


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By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2015 | Send Email
As one of my favorite Mel Brooks characters, "VICTOR FRONKENSTEEN" used to say... IT'S ALIVE!!! That can easily be said for the expressive fruit, rich creaminess, and strong minerality. Blended from Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Viognier, this has something for virtually every white wine palate. A sure-fire bet for your next party!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2015 | Send Email
This little white has the classic dynamics of a fresh and well fruited Cotes-du-Rhone blanc. It has juicy lively stone fruit flavors with a touch of minerality in the finish. So pleasing and so delicious. A great warm weather sipper for porch sitting.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Extraordinarily aromatic - this blend of 60% Roussanne, 20% Grenache, and 20% Viognier is like walking through a field of blooming springtime flowers. Once you actually move past the intoxicating aroma and into tasting the wine, you'll find stone fruit as well as a toasty, biscuity flavor, akin to a well developed champagne. This beautiful white blend is perfect with grilled fish or BBQ'd fruits.

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Other White Wines

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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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5