Chateau Costes Cirgues sulphite free wine
Decanter World Wine Awards 2016 - Platinum "Best Wine in Show (Rhone Style)"
Chateau Costes Cirgues is the top wine from this superb tiny family winery. All their wines are sulphite free and organically certtified. It consists of 80% Syrah, 20% Grenache hand harvested into small trays from another tiny 1.6 hectare vineyard. Gravity fed, concrete fermented then aged in French oak for 15 months prior to blending. Black fruit from the Grenache with some pepper from the Syrah. Big, rich and opulent. This is a superb wine.
Costes Cirgues website states:
Grape varieties: 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache
Aged 15 months in barrels
Surface: 2.2 ha
Yield: 20 hl/ha, 4400 numbered bottles
Harvest: Manually in picking crates
Vinification: The grapes are de-stemmed and vinified in thermo-regulated concrete tanks at a temperature of between 20° and 28°C. Daily manual punch-down of the cap allows gentle extraction of the aromatic compounds and polyphenols over a long (25-day) maceration. Careful, delicate pressing separates free-run and press juices, leaving an interesting aromatic panel for preparation and blending. The different varieties are, naturally, vinified and aged separately.
Tasting: A deep, purple-red robe envelops blackcurrant, red currant and blackberry aromas. In the mouth, these fruity flavors are accentuated by spicy, black olive and cocoa notes with a sublime end-note of licorice. This richly aromatic wine is supported by remarkable volume and fine, silky tannins – a very elegant wine, ideal for laying down and, of course, with no added sulfites!
|Winery||Chateau Costes Cirgues|
|Winery status||Family owned and run|
|Annual production||4400 all individually numbered|
|Grapes||Syrah 80%, Grenache 20%|
|Product awards||Decanter 2016 - Platinum Award, Best in Show (Rhone Style)|
|Style||Big and powerful|
|Sulphite level||Sulphite Free|