Costières de Nîmes Wine
The wine-makers of Costières de Nîmes could be forgiven for having something of an identity crisis as their vineyards are frequently appended to Southern Rhône for official classification purposes while they also feature in most texts and tomes covering the Languedoc. Nil desperandum – it is better to be in demand than neglected and the wines coming out of this historic vine region between Nîmes and Montpellier certainly merit attention. This has been wine country since Roman times where ample sunshine, cooling sea breezes and alluvial, stony soils provide an ideal environment for cultivating vines.
Based just south of the village of Vauvert, off the D6572, the Molinier family's Château Roubaud is a terrific one-stop shop for characterful and finely-crafted red, white and rosé wines. Their Costières de Nîmes blanc is made from a blend of 60% Roussanne and 40% Grenache Blanc and has appealing wild flower and orchard fruit scents and flavours offset by hints of white pepper and minerals. It makes a pleasant summer aperitif or partner to a garlic-rich brandade de morue. The rosé is made from equal parts of Grenache and Syrah and has a deep terracotta colour, bright berry bouquet and rounded redcurrant palate. Completing the triumvirate is a robust red made from a mixture of 30% each of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Carignan along with 10% of Cinsault. Redolent of its sunkissed terroir, it is steeped in dark, garrigue fruit with notes of spice and pepper over earthy tannins. It cries out for simple, rustic dishes – a hearty cassoulet would work well.