March Wine of the Month--2015 Domaine Grange des Moines Costieres de Nimes, Rhone Valley, France

March Wine of the Month--2015 Domaine Grange des Moines Costieres de Nimes, Rhone Valley, France

Costieres De Nimes is located in the southernmost growing region of France’s Rhone Valley where its proximity to the coast give the wines a more Mediterranean feel. The soils in the Costieres De Nimes, like its far more famous neighbor to the north, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, are peppered with galates, the rounded stones or pebbles that protect the vines from extreme winds and temperatures.

Cistercian monks back in the 13th century were so taken by the sun drenched, pebble rich soils in Costieres De Nimes that they knew this was the spot to plant vineyards and olive trees. So while not as wildly known as its neighbors to the north there is a very long rich history of winemaking in this under discovered stretch of land.

Domaine Grange Des Moines is now operated by the 4th generation of the Beaubois family, brother and sister Fanny and Francois. This family team is dedicated to providing the absolute top quality healthy fruit for their wines and have been certified organic since 2009. This luscious but super-approachable red wine is made up of 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 10% Marselan, a hybrid of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Deep aromatics of dark fruits and dried herbs that are so generous they make your mouth water just smelling it. On the palate the wine is supple but graceful with ample fruit and lots of spice. Texturally the wine had heft but the tannins are softer, so while perfect for any sort of meaty meal it is still gentle enough to enjoy simply sipping on. A perfect red to send us into Spring with its longer and warmer evenings.

$14.99 per bottle   $179.88 per case

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