Château de Valcombe, a family-owned property since 1749, is the southernmost estate in the Costières de Nîmes. Close to the Mediterranean Sea and planted on soils boasting the highest concentration of limestone in the region, Valcombe offers refined, concentrated wines with exuberant freshness and minerality. In 1791 the estate received official recognition from the revolutionary army for the quality of wines sent to the frontlines; wines from the domain were featured at the 1855 and 1873 World’s Fairs.
Following the Second World War, the estate was inherited by Charles Ricome, who replanted most of the vineyards and was among the first to plant Syrah in the appellation. The reins of the estate have been handed to Charles’s son Dominique and his grandsons Basile and Nicolas. The vineyards planted in 1955 are still in cultivation and are, along with the entirety of the estates’ vineyards, in the process of being converted to organic viticulture.
- Vineyard Area: 75 ha
- Soil Type: Thick, well-drained layers of Rhône pebbles over limestone
- Varieties Cultivated: Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Rolle, Viognier
- Annual Production: 350,000 bottles
- Country: France
- Winemaker: Basile and Nicolas Ricome