Terre des Chardons Chardon-Marie 2014 Costières de Nîmes

(Code: CHARD/MARIE/14)
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Terre des Chardons Chardon-Marie 2014 Costières de Nîmes
Region Costières de Nimes
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes Almost 100% Syrah, with just a tiny amount of Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Rack of lamb, rib of beef, feathered game, cheese
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This is the estate's top red wine, named in honour of winemaker Jerome Chardon's grandmother, Marie (Chardon-Marie is also the French name for milk thistle, hence the label design and the play on words). It comes from the best parcel of Syrah vines, with - allegedly - just a splash of Grenache in the mix, to conform to the Costieres de Nimes appellation rules. All manner of red and black fruits greet the nose - raspberry, blackcurrant and dark cherry, with notes of black olive tapenade, cumin, fenugreek, peppermint and a hint of polished leather. As with the 2012, it is so fresh and full of life, with dark, concentrated black and red fruit and garrigue herb flavours, countered by stoney, citrussy minerality, along with ripe, tea-like tannins and cracking acidity. Another supremely balanced and deceptively elegant wine, with a long, cool, sweet and sour finish. Again, it is very much in the Northern Rhone style of winemaking (think of a young, ripe Cote-Rotie) and has the capacity to age and evolve beautifully, over the next 10 years or more. Fabulous wine! Certified organic and biodynamic.