Costières de Nîmes: Château Roubaud 'Cuvée Passion' Rouge 2019
Guillaume Molinier’s top cuvée which he renamed ‘Passion’ from ‘Prestige’ despite our fervent protestations, is nevertheless a cracking blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. It differs from the ‘junior’ red wine (‘Plaisir’) in replacing Carignan with weightier grape Mourvèdre and swapping Léon Dupuy’s eye-catching 1930s art deco label for the evocative embossed bottle depicting a crocodile and palm tree, referencing Roman legionnaires who settled in the region on returning from African expeditions.
Situated on the western flank of the fascinating Parc regionale natural de Camargue, the appellation of Costières de Nîmes has suffered something of a minor identity crisis over the years, ping-ponging between the Rhône and Languedoc regional jurisdictions. Wherever it finds a long-term administrative home, it will always be the source of well-balanced, well-priced wines.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Languedoc, Costières de Nîmes|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Casserole, Cheese, Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||Drink up to 4+ years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Grapes are harvested at full maturity, destemmed, and fermented separately by varietal, with a week’s maceration on the skins under strict temperature control. After malolactic fermentation, the cuvee is carefully blended before bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
Château Roubaud (Guillaume Molinier)
Château Roubaud has been in the Molinier family for five generations and, today, owners Françoise and Guillaume Molinier look after over 70 hectares. The wines are among the most highly rated of the region and are frequent medal winners at wine competitions in Paris. The Molinier wines are reassuringly old school and offer excellent value.
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