Costières de Nîmes was put on the map by the Perrin family of Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape fame, with a Grenache/Syrah blend of exceptional value, without the price tag that comes with wines from the Côtes du Rhône. Le Clairon des Anges translates to 'the call of the angels', which aptly describes this beautiful blend.
Despite being the southernmost appellation of the Rhône valley, the Costières de Nîmes AOC often produces some of the region’s freshest and brightest wines, at least in part, due to the huge temperature fluctuations between the day and night. With the hot summers this climate brings, southern Rhône wines are known to have a full, rich body with an abundance of ripe fruit. Cultivating the grapes, with the use of pebbles, called ‘galets’, around the base of the vines, helps to absorb heat during the day and keep the vines warm during the evening. Enjoy this wine served at 18 C, from now until 2024.
The nose on this wine displays ripe fruit - red plum, dried cherry, blackberry, blueberry, and fig. There are also some aromatic tones of lavender, earthy florals, liquorice, pepper, leather, and savoury herbs and spices here.
This wine is a powerhouse of flavours. It has a medium+ body, with a nice intensity of fruit, and a juicy acidity. The fruit shows up as ripe dark cherry, plum, raspberry, and fig, along with some earthy florals, savoury herbs, clove, black pepper, and some smoky hints. It is plush and velvety on the palate, with a finish that lingers on the palate.
Tapas would be a great match with this wine, as well as aged cheeses, lamb kebabs, grilled shrimp, or a simple tabbouleh salad.