Costières de Nîmes Wine
The city of Nîmes was put on the map in 31 BC by Augustus Caesar after he defeated Mark Anthony and Cleopatra at Actium - thus gaining control of Egypt. He settled his veterans there using a Roman grid plan protected by robust fortifications. Then - as now - viticulture was an important part of the agricultural economy in the Rhône delta. The retiring soldiers adopted an ensign of a crocodile chained to a palm tree which became the city's symbol and graces many bottles of Costières de Nîmes wine to this day.
After years of infighting between Catholics and Protestants, religious differences were set aside after the Revolution of 1789 and prodigious production of fine silk and cotton saw the textile industry boom. American entrepreneur Levi Strauss began exporting hardwearing work clothes (much loved by gold prospectors) in 1848 and an international reputation ensued ('de Nîmes' became 'denim'). The 21st Century has seen the construction of some iconic modern buildings as well as the creation of a museum and visitor centre at the Pont du Gard. So, if you have a penchant for interesting Roman and modern architecture, affordable and accessible wine and jeans from their place of origin, Nîmes is the place for your next city break.
Guillaume Molinier represents the fifth generation of his family to cultivate vines at Château Roubaud just south of the village of Vauvert. His production (like that of the appellation) is principally focused on producing characterful, sun-kissed red wines but he also produces some excellent white and rosé. His red 'Cuvée Plaisir' is made from a blend of 30% each of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Carignan along with 10% Cinsault. With briary garrigue berry and wild herb scents, a warming red fruit palate with peppery undertones and fine-grained tannins, it makes a perfect accompaniment to a slow-cooked stew or simple steak frites. A sibling rosé wine also deploys equal parts of Syrah and Grenache Noir, and has an attractive coral-pink colour, appealing redcurrant aromas and a racy palate of raspberries and cranberries offset by fresh acidity. Completing our range is the white 'Cuvée Passion' made from 60% Roussanne and 40% Grenache Blanc. With a sensuous stone-fruit bouquet and mineral-edged palate of peach and apricot, it makes an ideal accompaniment to the local speciality – brandade de morue.