Michel Gassier Lou Coucardie Blanc 2010
Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
This experimental cuvée represents the essence of Michel Gassier's work as a winemaker. Its beautiful robe mingles deep gold and green hues. The powerful display of complex aromas is layered with a multitude of surprising scents: white flowers, beeswax, sweet spices, star-anise, violet, and vanilla. The incredibly dense body, both soft and rich, delivers fully ripe fruits flavors. The finish is an aromatic bounty that offers a delicate harmony that you will long remember.
A blend of Roussanne, Grenache, and Viognier.
The Wine Advocate - "Even better is the blend of 50% Roussanne, 35% Viognier and the rest Grenache blanc, the 2010 Lou Coucardie blanc. Light gold, with intense honeyed, waxy, citrus blossom notes, hints of orange rind, lemon butter and white peach, extraordinarily fresh acids, a luscious texture, and a personality similar to Beaucastel's famed 100% Roussanne cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape, this is a stunning wine for the price and should drink well for several years."
Wine Spectator - "This has richness, but stays bright and pure, with delicious Cavaillon melon, green fig and yellow apple flavors laced with a floral note. Good underlying acidity carries the finish. Drink now through 2013. 2,500 cases imported."
Wine Enthusiast - "This barrel-fermented and -aged blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier is nicely balanced, blending oak and lees notes of spice and toasted nuts with pineapple and melon. Despite the reported alcohol level, it doesn’t seem hot at all, ending harmoniously and long. Drink up over the next year or so."
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In the northern Vaucluse, on the right bank of the Rhone river lies the village of Visan where the legendary mistral winds of Provence sweep over the vines. The Latin name for these north-northwest winds is CERCIUS – the defining feature and raison d'etre for partners Michel Gassier, Philippe Cambie and Eric Solomon to launch this new project. Between the brisk winds and an elevation of 400 meters, the grapes' freshness is protected and then preserved during vinification in concrete tanks. View all Michel Gassier Wines
About Cotes du RhoneView a map of Cotes du Rhone wineries
The appellation of Côtes du Rhône encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine – over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. Wines here need only be from the Côtes de Rhône geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide classification, it's a surprise and joy that so many of these wines reach such a high quality. While there are areas in the Northern Rhône that meet the classification of Côtes du Rhône, most all of this appellation is in the Southern Rhône. Wines here are based mostly on Grenache, like other Rhône reds, while the whites focus on Marsanne and Roussanne. Viognier is also allowed although typically used in smaller quantities.
Notable FactsThere is one higher level in the Côtes du Rhône called Côtes du Rhône Villages. These wines are from specific village areas that have a few more standards the wine must reach to receive the village label. Some to take note of are Cairanne, Rasteau, Seguret and Beaumes-de-Venise. The good thing about both Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages is that big producers of the smaller appellations are taking the opportunity and freedom offered by this broad appellation and creating wines of very high quality, and lower in price.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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