Impressive deep color with a light, spicy, caramel nose and mouth filling red and black fruit flavors. Elegant and complex.
Diane de Puymorin left a corporate career in Paris to found a wine estate in southern France. A lifelong overachiever, she studied the terroirs and selected the very best for her new home, renaming the estate after her family crest: or, gold, and gueules, a heraldic term for red. The vineyards of Château d’Or et de Gueules, which are certified organic, are in the area known as Saint Gilles: a combination of drastic diurnal temperature shifts, vigorous winds, and a stony alluvial soil gives impeccably balanced wines, and Diane is campaigning to have this unique terroir recognized with cru status.
“A step up in price over the Les Cimels, the 2013 La Bolida Costières de Nîmes is a Mourvèdre-dominated blend (10% Grenache) that sees 12 months in 300-liter barrels before bottling. Inky-colored, medium to full-bodied, textured and with moderate mid-palate depth, it gives up subtle barrel nuances as well as lots of dark fruit, chocolate and smoked earth-like aromas and flavors. It will drink well for 7-8 years.”
WA: 89 (Jeb Dunnuck)