Chateau de Campuget, ‘1753 Sans Sulfites’, Costieres-de-Nimes, France, 2020

£13.50

So we are in the Costieres-de-Nimes…southern France. Just off the Rhone Valley, north west of Marseille, north east of Montpellier. Grenache itself is believed to have originated in Aragon, northern Spain and then via conquest and camino found itself in Catalonia, the Roussillon and Sardinia. Now it is one of the most widely planted varieties but we think it still doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Also it was one of the first varieties to touch down in Australia in the 18th century and was their most commonly planted vine right up until the 1960’s when Shiraz finally overtook it for acreage.

And we’ve all heard of Chateauneuf-Du-Pape haven’t we. Well….9 times out of 10 those wines will be Grenache heavy…and who doesn’t love a good Papal-related disco wine.

So… Château de Campuget was established in 1942 and is a top quality estate near Nîmes, which is steeped in history. The Château itself was built in 1753 and at the same time the first vines were planted, prompting the ‘1753’ range of wines which mark this historic date. Now in the hands of winemaker Franck-Lin Dalle, who is the third generation of his family to run the estate, the fusion of tradition and progression unites in the cellars where Franck-Lin deftly crafts wines with integrity, finesse and a wonderful expression of terroir from a wide range of traditional Rhône varieties. In 2019, Château de Campuget was certified as Haute Valeur Environmentale, which officially recognises the environmental performance of winegrowers, including biodiversity conservation, plant protection strategies, managed fertiliser use and water resource management.

Nose:

All of the red fruits and berries. Wild herbs, liquorice, spice, earth and warmth. It smells of sunshine. Our favourite smell.

Palate:

All of the above. Medium body with lovely, crisp acidity, mild tannins and a decent, crowd-pleasing finish.