Ch Guiot Costieres de Nimes Tradition 2019

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Dried Raspberry, Wild Blackberry, Red Licorice, Dried Lavender, Herbs de Provence


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"The aptly named “Tradition” is the chateau’s most popular red wine. Both varieties used in its production, Syrah and Grenache, have been cultivated in the Costieres de Nimes since the earliest days of the appellation. Typically, the Grenache of the region is grown on clay soils, trading some of the dried herb and licorice qualities of neighboring Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a leaner, red fruit-driven profile. Syrah contributes tannin, complexity and sage-like characteristics, much like its neighbor in the Northern Rhone. Numa and Alexis Cornut source the grapes for this cuvee from the original vines replanted by their parents, with an average vineyard age of 45 years. Similar to the Chardonnay, all of the fruit used to make the “Tradition” is harvested by hand. However, the grapes are only partially destemmed in the winery to allow for additional aromatic complexity. In the cellar, fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel. After fermentation is complete, the wine rests in stainless steel, with a percentage racked into concrete vessels, for a year before filtration and bottling. When you open this wine, you will want to decant it for at least half an hour. Once this wine has some time to open up, it is quite robust, with notes of dried raspberry, wild blackberry, red licorice, dried lavender and Herbs de Provence. Drink now through 2025 with roast chicken and fennel, cured pork loin or soups and stews with a tomato base." - JP Donnelly Davis

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