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Costieres de Nimes Wine

Costieres de Nimes is the most southerly appellation of the Rhone wine region in south-eastern France. The wines of the area are reputed to have been consumed by the Ancient Greeks and thus figure among the oldest known wines in the world.

The appellation AOC Costieres de Nimes was granted in 1989; prior to that, the wines were produced at the lower VDQS level under the Costieres du Gard title. Until 2004, the appellation was officially part of the Languedoc wine region, but is now administered by the Rhone regional wine board in Avignon.

Welcome to the Costieres de Nimes
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Costieres de Nimes specializes in richly fruity red and rosé wines from an area between the towns of Nimes and Arles. Known as the Rhone Delta, this is the meeting point of the Rhone, Gard and Durance rivers before they head towards their final destination in the Mediterranean. The area also produces a great quantity of lower-quality wines under various Vin De Pays titles.

While the terroirs of most Rhone wine appellations are characterized by outcrops of granite (Hermitage) or limestone (Beaumes-de-Venise) and variations in altitude, the landscapes between Nimes and the Mediterranean Sea are relatively flat and low-lying. As a result, the soils of Costieres de Nimes do not vary as much as those in other Rhone appellations, and are characterized by large pebbles on shallow, south- and south-east-facing slopes. Areas of 'garrigue' (the quintessential southern French landscape of dry, low-lying scrubland on limestone soils) are present in the eastern corners of the appellation, providing excellent potential for viticulture. When not planted with vines, this land is generally populated with rosemary, lavender and thyme, as its relatively loose, free-draining soils are poor in nutrients. These conditions are the same as those determined in the 1920s by Baron LeRoy of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, whose viticultural and oenological rules were the precursor to the modern appellation system. Free-draining soils of low fertility force vines to dig deep, strong root systems in search of water and nutriment, and are widely considered to produce more-complex wines.

Carignan, the rustic red variety that is outlawed in other southern Rhone appellations such as Gigondas, is the predominant grape used in Costieres de Nimes wines, forming a legally stipulated 40% of every red or rosé wine blend. Before 1995, this figure was 50%, but the success of southern Rhone wines made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre forced the balance slightly in favor of these more-profitable varieties; they are now required to make up 20% each of red or rosé Costieres de Nimes wines. The region's most respected wines are made from increasing percentages of these varieties.

Only a very small quantity of white wine is produced under the Costieres de Nimes appellation. It is made from any combination of Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Vermentino, Macabeu and Marsanne. Viognier may also figure in the blend (up to a maximum of 10%). While Ugni Blanc was previously permitted, it was excluded as of the 2010 vintage.

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We found 273 wines produced in this region.
Wine Name
Grape 
Popularity
Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais Blanc, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Blend White $16 11620
Chateau de Campuget Costieres de Nimes 'Tradition de Campuget' Rose, Rhone, France Grenache - Syrah $10 13800
Chateau Grande Cassagne Costieres de Nimes Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $10 14216
Chateau Guiot Costieres de Nimes Rose, Rhone, France Grenache - Mourvedre - Syrah $10 17944
Domaine de la Petite Cassagne Rouge, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $13 19941
Marc Kreydenweiss Costieres de Nimes Perrieres Rouge, Rhone, France Carignan - Grenache - Syrah $15 23844
Domaine de Lognac Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $6 29404
Chateau de Valcombe Costieres de Nimes Tradition, Rhone, France Grenache - Syrah $11 31220
Chateau Mourgues du Gres Costieres de Nimes Les Galets Rouges, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $11 32003
Chateau de Campuget Costieres de Nimes La Sommeliere, Rhone, France Syrah $21 32470
Chateau Saint Elisabeth Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $10 33351
Philippe Cambie Les Halos de Jupiter Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France Carinena - Garnacha $13 34317
Le Clairon des Anges Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $10 34847
Mas Carlot Costieres de Nimes Les Enfants Terribles, Rhone, France Mourvedre - Syrah $15 34972
Chateau L'Ermitage Costieres de Nimes Blanc, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Blend White $11 36181
Chateau de Campuget '1753' Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France Syrah $15 36623
Domaine des Mongettes Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $11 36941
Chateau Mas Neuf Costieres de Nimes Compostelle, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $16 37673
Chateau de Campuget Costieres de Nimes 'Tradition de Campuget' Rouge, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $11 37985
Chateau d'Or et de Gueules Costieres de Nimes Trassegum, Rhone, France Carignan - Syrah $18 38727
Chateau Lamargue Costieres de Nimes Les Grandes Cabanes, Rhone, France Syrah $8 39426
Chateau d'Or et de Gueules Costieres de Nimes, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $18 41755
Chateau L'Ermitage Costieres de Nimes Rose, Rhone, France Grenache - Mourvedre - Syrah $11 42158
Chateau de la Tuilerie Costieres de Nimes Rouge, Rhone, France Syrah $15 42536
Chateau Guiot Costieres de Nimes Cuvee Numa, Rhone, France Syrah $15 42929
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