Chateau Mourgues du Gres
Jorrit Gerritsma, from the MMI wine team, visited Chateau Mourgues du Gres:
François Collard who is Agricultural Engineer and Oenologist had his first job at the world famous Chateau Lafite. He learned to make what some see as the best red wine in the world. In the mid nineties he went back to his father’s Chateau and took over wine making. Since then, each year the wines improve in quality. Wine critic Robert Parker sees Chateau Mourgues du Gres as the best reference in the region. The wine maker describes Chateau Mourgues du Gres as ‘wines of character shaped by the key elements of the Mediterranean countryside; sunshine, wind, the Rhone river and pebbles.’ The range is named after “Les Grès” a specific terroir covered by “galet roulés”, or sandstones, coming from a glacial moraine (debris) that was deposited along the Rhône river. Consequently, Costières de Nîmes has a substantial layer of “grès” that is superimposed on a subsoil of calcareous clay and limestone.
So what do they taste like?
The grape varieties which make up this wine are Vermentino, Grenache white, Roussanne, Marsanne and Clairette.
The 2009 Galets Dores is fresh, crisp, and flowery. Light to medium-bodied, with plenty of flowery nectarine, honeyed grapefruit, and lemon zest characteristics.
Chateau Mourgues du Gres – Les Galets Rouge
The sexy, super-seductive, Mediterranean-styled 2009 Galets Rouge exhibits a dark ruby/plum colour as well as a big, sweet nose of earthy black cherries and black currants intermixed with garrigue, pepper, and spice.
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