Michel Gassier Lou Coucardie Blanc 2010 Front Label
Michel Gassier Lou Coucardie Blanc 2010 Front Label

Michel Gassier Lou Coucardie Blanc 2010

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Winemaker Notes

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.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's 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.
WE 90
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.
WS 90
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.
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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.
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A long and narrow valley producing flavorful red, white, and rosé wines, the Rhône is bisected by the river of the same name and split into two distinct sub-regions—north and south. While a handful of grape varieties span the entire length of the valley, there are significant differences between the two zones in climate and geography as well as the style and quantity of wines produced. The Northern Rhône, with its continental climate and steep hillside vineyards, is responsible for a mere 5% or less of the greater region’s total output. The Southern Rhône has a much more Mediterranean climate, the aggressive, chilly Mistral wind and plentiful fragrant wild herbs known collectively as ‘garrigue.’

In the Northern Rhône, the only permitted red variety is Syrah, which in the appellations of St.-Joseph, Hermitage, Cornas and Côte-Rôtie, it produces velvety black-fruit driven, savory, peppery red wines often with telltale notes of olive, game and smoke. Full-bodied, perfumed whites are made from Viognier in Condrieu and Château-Grillet, while elsewhere only Marsanne and Roussanne are used, with the former providing body and texture and the latter lending nervy acidity. The wines of the Southern Rhône are typically blends, with the reds often based on Grenache and balanced by Syrah, Mourvèdre, and an assortment of other varieties. All three northern white varieties are used here, as well as Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourbelenc and more. The best known sub-regions of the Southern Rhône are the reliable, wallet-friendly Côtes du Rhône and the esteemed Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Others include Gigondas, Vacqueyras and the rosé-only appellation Tavel.

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Full-bodied and flavorful, white Rhône blends originate from France’s Rhône Valley. Today these blends are also becoming popular in other regions. Typically some combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier form the basis of a white Rhône blend with varying degrees of flexibility depending on the exact appellation. Somm Secret—In the Northern Rhône, blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are common but the south retains more variety. Marsanne, Roussanne as well as Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpoul and Ugni Blanc are typical.

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