2018 Domaine de l'Ermitage "Victor" Costières de Nîmes Blanc

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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 immanent 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 blend is 60% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, and 10% Viognier. The soil consists of large pebbles from the Durance river which long predates the Rhône and vines average 20 years. Expect a richer palate from the Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, with lovely aromatics from the Viognier. The winery is certified Terra Vitis (sustainable).

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By: Lauren Seward | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2020 | Send Email
At $10, this is a mighty fine white blend out of a lesser-known subregion of the Rhone. Zippy and fresh with hints of stonefruit, wet rock, and a touch of hay, the Domaine de l'Ermitage "Victor" Costières de Nîmes Blanc is not to be dismissed as a go-to white. Although the region was originally part of the Languedoc-Rousillon, the whites of Costières de Nîmes are more akin to those of the Rhone, and was assigned to it in the mid-2000s. This blend of Rousanne, Grenache Blanc, and Viongier is extremely friendly with dishes like sushi, cheese, and lighter pastas.

By: Aaron Hughes | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/19/2020 | Send Email
An alluring nose with bright crisp apple and hints of apricots and a stony minerality draw you into this incredibly appealing little wine from the Western Rhone. The palate is clean with apricots, peach and pear and a gently mineral finish. This is a delicious wine for the price and eminently quaffable, inviting glass after glass with a cheese plate or lighter seafood dish.

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