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Deep black hue. Mashed blackberries and dark chocolate on the nose. Flavors of soft black fruit flavors, mulberry fruit, a hint of spice, and a surprisingly fresh eucalyptus finish. WINEMAKER Basile Ricome APPELLATION  AOP Costières de Nîmes GRAPE VARIETIES  100% Syrah TERROIR  13-49 feet (4-15 meters) deep of Rhône pebbles and a thin layer of limestone. The average vine age is 63 years. VINIFICATION  Hand-harvested and fermented in cement tanks for about 9 days. Aged for 24 months in French oak. ALCOHOL  14.5% Technical Sheet PDF

An ample wine, well balanced, with citrus and pear notes complemented by a touch of grapefruit and salinity.  WINEMAKER Basile Ricome APPELLATION  AOP Costières de Nîmes GRAPE VARIETIES  70% Roussanne – 30% Marsanne TERROIR  15 year-old vines with 7.5 acres of Roussanne and 5 acres of Marsanne. CULTURE & VINIFICATION Right after picking, bunches are pressed directly under CO2 cover. Juice is decanted for 30 hours at about 50°f then slowly fermented in tank at 53-57°f. ALCOHOL  13% Technical Sheet PDF

On the palate, the blackberry characters are complemented with notes of black olives, “garrigue,” and a touch of spices. A very fresh finish: soft, fruity, with a subtle and delicate tannin structure. WINEMAKER Basile & Nicolas Ricome APPELLATION  AOP Costières de Nîmes GRAPE VARIETIES  70% Syrah – 30% Grenache TERROIR  Vines age an average of 42 years. The vineyard is currently going through the organic viticulture certification process. CULTURE & VINIFICATION  The harvest was on August 27th, 2016 and the wines were aged for ten months in cement tanks. ALCOHOL  14% Technical Sheet PDF

Château de Valcombe, a 10-generation family-owned property since 1740, is the southernmost estate in the Costières de Nîmes. Close to the Mediterranean Sea and planted on soils boasting the highest concentration of limestone in the region, Valcombe offers refined, concentrated wines with exuberant freshness and minerality. Following the Second World War, the estate was inherited by Charles Ricome, who replanted most of the vineyards and was the first to plant Syrah in the appellation. The reins of the estate have been handed to Charles’s son Dominique and now his grandsons Basile and Nicolas. The vineyards planted in 1955 are still …