Costières de Nîmes (Pierre Vidal)
The Costières de Nîmes is a sub-region at the southernmost edge of the Rhône valley; it has a multitude of geographies and the flinty pebbles (called grès) that litter Pierre’s organic vineyards give his wines all the juiciness of Côtes du Rhône with a wild, almost rustic streak. A typical blend of 60% Grenache with roughly equal parts of the Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes, it’s a fleshy but elegant wine, with an enveloping core of spicy dark berries and a firm grip of tannins. But beyond the fruit, it’s the expression of the soil that gives the wine its true identity. Organic.