Sainte Cécile Red
Château l'Ermite d'Auzan - Costières de Nîmes
Red,Costières de Nîmes
45% Syrah- 45% Mourvèdre- 10% Grenache noir
history
Château l’Ermite d'Auzan was founded in the 11 century by the Eremites of Ste Cécile d’Estagel Abbay. It is situated on the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostella. The estate's total surface covers 80 hectares of sunny south facing vineyards, which benefit from the airy Mediterranean climate. Michel and Jérôme Castillon, the estate's owners, are counted amongst the Rhône valley's most dynamic and talented winegrowers .Today , Tanguy, Jérôme’s son, 4th generation at Château L’Ermitage, has joined them and shares their passion for the vineyard and winemaking. The work that they accomplish allows the grape to breathe out and the use of oak barrels for ageing is restricted as much as possible. The respect of the environment is a priority for the Château l'Ermite. The conversion to organic farming and now to biodynamic farming accredits their daily respect of the soil and the plant.
Tasting notes
This wine is a perfect balance between the strength of the fruit and a knowledgeable maturing in the barrel. Even when drunk very young it already shows a beautiful maturity.
Food pairing
Red meats, game, strong cheese, pepper steak.
Aging potential
To be drunk as from now or to be aged in the cellar.
Grape varieties
45% Syrah- 45% Mourvèdre- 10% Grenache noir
Vineyard
Saint-Gilles. South facing slopes of the Costières de Nîmes. The Costières de Nîmes are situated in the Rhône valley's most southern part, on the opposite bank of the Rhône with regards to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Rolled Durance pebbles (the Durance river flowed through the valley well before the Rhône). Vines : 35 years old - 17,3 acres - Yield : 2.4T/acre.
Winemaking
Cooling of the harvest (reduction of 12°C / 54°F). Pre-fermentation period of 3 days to extract the anthocyans and aromatic components. Delestages (rack and return) and thermoregulated fermentation./n10 months of ageing in the barrel
Press
Current and upcoming vintage ratings :
201991 Wine Enthusiast
Previous rating
201790 Wine Enthusiast
201790 Wine Spectator
201690 Wine Spectator
91
2019
Made from equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre augmented by just 10% Grenache, this full-bodied red is dark , sultry expression of the Costières de Nimes. Blackberry and cassis on the palate are ripe but angular and piercing, shaded by hints of leather, fur and cracked pepper . It's amuscular wine framed by bristling aicidity and a rim of soft, feathery tannins.Deliciousalready, the wine should hold through 2029.
ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA - Wine Enthusiast
Terrisson Wines
195 rue Guy Arnaud
30900 Nîmes - FRANCE
+33 (0)4.66.23.44.22
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