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Costières de Nîmes AOP

Description to Costières de Nîmes AOP

Appellation for red, rosé and white wines in the east of the French wine region Languedoc south of the city of Nimes. Although geographically still in the Languedoc, the area has been part of the Rhône wine region since 2004, as the wines are more in keeping with the typicality of the region (the enclave AOC Clairette de Bellegarde, however, belongs to the Languedoc). The area formerly known as "Costières du Gard" was renamed in 1989 to avoid confusion with the IGP Gard. The vineyards cover 4,600 hectares of vines on mighty gravel soils, spread over 24 communes in the Gard department.

Red and rosé wines account for over 90% of production. They are blended from a maximum of 40% Carignan Noir(Mazuelo) and Cinsaut, at least 25% Grenache Noir(Garnacha Tinta), and at least 20% Mourvèdre(Monastrell) and/or Syrah. In rosé, 10% of white varieties are also allowed. The white wine consists of Clairette Blanche, Grenache Blanc(Garnacha Blanca), Bourboulenc, maximum 40% Ugni Blanc(Trebbiano Toscano), and maximum 50% Marsanne, Roussanne, Macabéo and Rolle(Vermentino). Well known producers are Domaine de l'Amarine, Château Paul Blanc, Château de Campuget, Château Grande Cassagne, Domaine le Grand Plaignol, Mas Neuf, Château Mourgues du Grès, Château de la Tuilerie and Domaine du Vieux Relais.

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