Château de Nages has belonged to the Gassier family for 4 generations. Each of them has brought its own personal touch, allowing the estate to evolve among the references of the Costières de Nîmes appellation. Michel and Tina are inventive and always looking to the future, and this year they are releasing the first sparkling wine from Château de Nages.
Brice Chevalier has been working at Château de Nages for 2 years as sales manager in France. "When I arrived, the estate was export-oriented. Michel and Tina wanted to bring the wines back to France, which is now our priority market," he explains. This commercial strategy is part of a more global plan implemented by Michel. When he took over his father's castle in 1992, he decided to change his strategy. "The goal was to go to the top of the Costières de Nîmes basket to be a leader in the appellation," says Brice Chevalier.
The domain then develops more qualitative projects. The wine, until then sold in bulk, is bottled at the property. The covers are reworked to be more original and modern. "Michel quickly understood that making good wine meant better maintenance of the soil, vines and the elimination of chemicals. Unofficially, he started farming organically at a very early age. Then in 2008, he finally applied for certification. For Michel, the organic farming label is a sign of his respect for the land, the environment and his desire to make better wines that express the terroir, without make-up and in complete transparency," says Brice.
Michel and Tina also decided to develop the range of wines. "By deciding to return to the French market, they had to adapt their offer," says Brice. The Liberty range was born from the desire to offer a wine with a fruity aroma, with moderate levels of sulphites and alcohol and in organic farming. "Our natural wine in the range came here by chance," Brice recalls. "We had a cuvée that had performed very well and we wanted to try to make sulphite free. This is only the first year that we have produced this bottle, but it is a success and I think we will continue. Always carried by this inspiration and enthusiasm, Michel and Tina continue to learn, try and innovate. This year, they are releasing the first sparkling wine from Château de Nages. "It is Michel's desire to have an organic bubble and winegrowers," smiles Brice.
For several days now, the winegrowers have been bringing in the 2019 grapes and have started fermenting a vintage that looks very promising. "We are on the same terroirs as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with rolling pebbles and a lot of red clay. Michel has done a lot of work to bring minerality to the wines, thanks to the limestone in our soils. At the same time, we are fortunate to have a sea breeze that brings a little freshness to our very sunny wines," explains Brice Chevalier, who concludes: "Michel has a motto that I love and that makes the château what it is today: we don't inherit a land, we borrow it from our children. And his children are lucky, they will take over a vineyard in a very healthy and impeccable state.