Chateau Saint Cyrgues is based in the village of Saint-Gilles in the Costieres de Nimes appellation of the Cotes-du-Rhone and is run along organic lines by Jean-Pierre Lefaud and son Loic who took over from previous owner Guy de Mercurio in 2015. There are 40 hectares in all and everything is carried out strictly according to organic principles. The Costieres de Nimes region received full appellation status in 1986 and although notionally in the eastern Languedoc it shares the same terroir as the southern Rhone, i.e. galet stones and sandstone. Salamandre is 100% Syrah and is unoaked.
A purple-red in colour. Notes of black cherries, black pepper and smoke on the nose. Full-bodied and ripe on the palate with a bright acidity and medium tannins leading to a juicy finish. Try with duck breast with a beetroot risotto, venison bourguignon or braised rabbit.