La Ciboise (lah see-BWAHZ) is the name of Michel Chapoutier’s grandfather’s home. Located right in the center of the town of Tain l’Hermitage, La Ciboise was the energetic center of Chapoutier family life where children and relatives used to meet regularly. Similarly, these new wines from the M. Chapoutier portfolio are intended to be enjoyed with friends and family to celebrate everyday life. Costiéres de Nîmes is the most southerly appellation of the Rhone wine region in southeastern 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.
APPELLATION: Costiéres De Nîmes
VARIETAL: Grenache 50%, Syrah 40%, Mourvèdre 10%|
TERROIR: The soil is made up of pebbles deposited by the Rhône river during the Quaternary Period and referred to locally as “Gress”. The vines develop a very deep rooting system, digging down as far as the layers of clay.
VINIFICATION: After destemming, the grapes are fermented in concrete tanks for three to four weeks. Each grape variety is vinified separately using traditional vinification with 15 days maceration in vats. After a daily tasting, the wine will either be pumped over or left to rest, in order to gently extract the aromatic components, anthocyanins and tannins. At the end of alcoholic fermentation, the temperature is allowed to increase to 30-33°C to assist the polymerization of the tannins.
AGING: Aged on fine lees in vats for 9 to 12 months.
GASTRONOMY: Roasted rabbit, beef, ribs