Maz Caz Costieres de Nimes Blanc 2017
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 29290
Beautifully lifted fruit, harvested from a rocky soil profile, leaving the usually fatter Rhone varietals of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne lean and bright. The choice to leave this wine un-oaked ensures that the drinker gets freshness, citrus and a hint of brine thanks to the Mediterranean influence here in Nîmes. There is a bit of spice akin to white pepper and lemon zest. Drinks great with oysters as the label suggests, but could be paired with everything from sushi and spicy Thai to grilled white meats.
REGIONCostières de Nîmes AOC
GRAPES55% Roussanne, 40% Grenache Blanc, 5% Rolle
VITICULTUREOrganically farmed, hand-picked fruit. The 2017 vintage saw a small amount of shattering, which resulted in slightly lower yields, but otherwise a very good year…
VINICULTUREFermentation in 100% stainless steel tanks with natural yeast.
SOIL“Galets” (round pebbles), sandy alluvial deposits and red shale.
Caz translates to “crazy in a good way,” a sentiment I have come to embrace as I branch out from Bordeaux, bringing you wines from new terroirs. I have been driving through this area for years on my back and forths between St Emilion and Falset. Plot the points between these two places on any map and you can see that I regularly get lost. On purpose, I admit. Crazy as it seems, that’s sometimes how I find new things to do. I can go in any direction, so long as there are good people to work with when I get there.
Recently, at a lunch table with friends, we tasted this wine — it was bright, fun, and completely refreshing. The wine totally complimented the food and good, honest farmers grew the grapes. The Grenache Blanc and Roussanne in this blend hail from the tippy-toes of the Southwestern Rhône Valley where the attitude and exposition are truly Mediterranean. The juice is fermented in steel with natural yeast and the wine is left unoaked. I love this wine.
They live longer down here for a reason. Many people tell the story of falling in love with a wine they had on vacation, and I know exactly what they’re talking about... it’s the moment you taste it: with great friends, alongside great food and no clock ticking. This project seeks to deliver the simple wine: fresh, young, uncorrupted and pure. Bring a few bottles of Caz to the party and see for yourself!
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