Wine of the Day: 2014 Château de Nages Vieilles Vignes Red (Costières de Nîmes)
This is a very good wine. This wine has firm, fine-grained tannins and hints of anise and dried herb lend savory appeal to this voluptuous red. Ripe black-cherry and plum flavors are succulent and plush in texture but balanced keenly with acidity. The finish is expansive and a touch warming. Created from grapes that have grown amongst the rolled pebbles from the Rhône over iron-rich red clay rich in France.
Costieres de Nimes is a substantial IGP zone that was formerly considered part of the Languedoc. Today it is included as a section of the southern Rhone; its climate, topography and wines put it more in line with that appellation. Grenache is its most important red variety, along with Mourvedre, Syrah and Carignan. Half of the production here is rosé.