Chateau Roustan Rouge Costieres de Nimes 2008
Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
50% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache Noir.
Fresh and fruity. A "thirst-quenching" wine that is a little tannic but mellow.
Barbecue, T-Bone steak, lamb chops, "cevenole" chitterlings sausage, matured cheese.
This wine is the flagship product of the domain. It symbolizes the Castillon family's capacity to extract the most from their soils with an honest to goodness fruity wine.
Wine Enthusiast - "Aromas of ripe black cherry, mixed red fruit with layers of earthy minerality, and slight note of garrigue. Juicy, fresh and flavorful with lots of dark plummy fruit, dark chocolate, pepper and spice. Medium bodied, quite dense but not overly extracted. Smooth velvety texture and a long finish."
Chateau Roustan Winery
Roustan is located near the sea in the South of the Rhône Valley. The estate's total surface covers 197,68 acres of sunny south facing vineyards, which benefit from the airy Mediterranean climate. The domain's owners are counted amongst the Rhône valley's most dynamic and talented winegrowers. The work that they accomplish allows the grape to breathe out and the use of oak barrels for ageing is restricted as much as possible. View all Chateau Roustan Wines
About Other RhôneOther appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.