2014 Ermitage "Victor" Costieres de Nimes Rosé SKU #1207528

Price: $9.99

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Tasting Notes

Costieres de Nimes is at the southernmost part of the Rhone Valley sitting on the opposite bank of Chateauneuf du Pape. One of our best new finds is Chateau de l'Ermitage which produces three terrific values with imminent drinkability. The estate's history traces back to the 12th century when the winery produced wine for the pilgirms of Saint Jacques de Compostelle who were traveling the Santiago de Compostela. The property is now owned by Castillon family and today Michel and his son Jerome manage the vineyards and winemaking. The "Victor" is named for the first member of the Castillon family to own the property. The Rosé is a blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache Noir and 20% Mourvedre. The terroir consists of large pebbles from the Durance river which long predates the Rhone. Average age of the vines is 20 years old and the vineyard is about 9 hectares. Full of fresh fruit and lively acidity this is great for spicy or exotic cuisines. The winery is certified Terra Vitis (sustainable).

Staff Reviews

  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    8/24/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Why the wines from this relatively new appellation (1986) haven't generated the press and prices they deserve remains a mystery, as they are a sun-drenched expression of the harmonious, generous nature of both the Languedoc and Rhone regions, where grapes grown on pebbly, mineral-laden alluvial soils are allowed to mature and develop beautiful aromatic notes and robust, berry-ripe, savory fruit. Even with a tapestry of delicious French rosés on our shelves, it is easy to see why this one has all but disappeared, flush with red berry fruits, dried apricots and delicate spice, held aloft by crisp acidity. Great with a plate of sizzling, hot-pepper prawns!
  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    8/23/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Finding a rosé for under $10 that I not only like, but love, I thought was impossible, until I had the Victor. It's full of strawberry seed and melon, with a beautiful round palate and crisp acidity. Perfect for the summer!
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    6/27/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    This refreshing Rose offers fresh apple aromas and a surprisingly soft and round mouthfeel for such a crisp wine. Splendidly balanced, this blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 25% Mourvedre has tons of sweet cherry and perfectly ripe seedless grapes on the palate and a very clean finish. What a great summertime porch sipper! Beat the heat by keeping a bottle or two at the ready.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    6/23/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    The "Victor" rosé is so inviting and so generous with its candied strawberry and watermelon nose. On the palate, citrus flavors take hold and evolve into a nice mineral finish. I can see myself sitting by the pool and drinking a case of this wine over the summer. You should too!
  • Christie Brunick
    By: Christie Brunick
    6/23/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    If you're looking for the absolute best crowd-pleasing rosé that is classically French in style but priced like a summer porch pounder, then look no further! This is a gorgeous rosé Rhone blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre from a tiny AVA called Costieres de Nimes within the Rhone region. For just under $10 this rosé will tantalize your senses and get your party skinny dipping in no time! I can't believe the balance of summertime strawberry fruit, quenching textures of minerality and juicy acidity, and it finishes so clean and perfect, it just entices you to drink more! The only bad news is that we only got a very limited amount of this amazing southern French Direct Import and it won't last through the whole summer, so get it while you can!

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