Saturday, August 3, 2013

Chateau La Tour de Beraud Costieres de Nimes, 2010

Costieres de Nimes is south of the Cotes du Rhone per se, in the area near Arles on the Mediterranean coast. The blend is Southern Rhone-like (Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre) but with one difference--the addition of Marsalan, a cross blend of Cabernet and Grenache. I have no experience with Marsalan, and that's why I bought this wine.

Deep color. Pretty aromas of pepper, spice, fruit and flowers. Almost too floral and too pretty for my taste. Right now the Marsalan is Gamay-like, and that doesn't mesh with my Southern Rhone expectations. I suspect the wine simply needs more time in the bottle. On the second night, it seems to gain weight and depth. A unique style that is worth re-visiting.


  1. This is such an informative article and very clearly written. Every single thought and idea is direct to the point. Perfectly laid out. Thank you for taking your time sharing this to you readers.
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    1. Thank you very much, Joe. I'm glad you appreciated my note and hope you re-visit often. The concept is simple: a tasting note of the wines we drink every night. I hope the perspective of a person who has enjoyed and cellared wine for 30 plus years is helpful to others who want to find affordable, every day wines and, sometimes, wines that reward extensive cellaring.