Costières de Nîmes is at the most southerly tip of the Rhône Valley. Here, the gentle slopes of the garrigue absorb the warmth of the summer sun and the aromas and flavour of the terroir. Notes of ripe apricots, pulped pears, green herbs and lime leaves, with the characteristic southern Rhône ‘oily’ mouth-feel. Try this with seafood and fruits de mer, grilled lemon sole – or even a young Roquefort.
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The Rhône wine region in Southern France is situated in the Rhône river valley and is generally divided into two sub-regions with distinct vinicultural traditions, the Northern Rhône (referred to in French as Rhône septentrional) and the Southern Rhône (in French Rhône méridional). The northern sub-region produces red wines from the Syrah grape, sometimes blended with white wine grapes, and white wines from Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier grapes. The southern sub-region depends on the specific AOC rules, grapes blended into southern Rhône reds may include Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault. White wines from the southern Rhône sub-region are blends of several wine grapes. These may include Viognier, Ugni Blanc, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, and Clairette.