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Michel Gassier Lou Coucardie Blanc 2013

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Winemaker Notes

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.

Blend: 45% Viognier, 30% Roussanne and 25% Grenache Blanc

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A wine I tasted from barrel last year, the 2013 Costieres de Nimes Lou Coucardie Blanc is a sensational blend of 45% Viognier, 30% Roussanne and 25% Grenache Blanc that was raised in new and once-used 500-liter French oak barrels. Big, ripe and layered, with lots of honeyed apricot, ripe peach and butter citrus all soaring from the glass, it's full-bodied, balanced and unctuously textured, yet never seems heavy or cumbersome in the least. It deserves a classy meal (anything with a cream sauce would be terrific) and should evolve nicely for 2-3 years (although there's no need to delay gratification).
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This tastes like the sun, viognier's cheerful floral notes balanced by the nougat-y, broad notes of roussanne and grenache. Citrusy acidity keeps it buoyant, breezing along a stony base.
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Michel Gassier, France
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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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Costieres de Nimes

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Gently rolling hills covered by large, round stones on south-facing slopes, Costieres de Nimes is a substantial IGP zone that was formerly considered part of the Languedoc. Today it is included as a section of the southern Rhone; its climate, topography and wines put it more in line with that appellation. Grenache is its most important red variety, along with Mourvedre, Syrah and Carignan. Half of the production here is rosé.

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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, proving most successful in Spain, Australia and California. 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.

In the Glass

Each variety contibutes something unique and different. Round, textural Grenache blanc gives green apple and white stone fruit flavors; weighty Marsanne adds structure and honeysuckle aromas; russet-colored Roussanne lends intriguing herbal, tea-like notes while Viognier provides a creamy texture and elegant aromatics. The flavor of the final wine will depend on the chosen components of the blend and their respective proportions.

Perfect Pairings

White Rhône blends are quite versatile food pairing wines and can work with light to medium rich meals that might often be matched to red wines. Heavier fish dishes with bold seasoning like grilled swordfish with caper butter or baked, herb-crusted mahi mahi are natural allies for these flavorful wines. Other ideal dishes include roast pork in mustard sauce, poached lobster with beurre blanc, or a rich and savory vegetable quiche. `

Sommelier Secret

In the Northern Rhône, blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are common in the appellations of St.-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and St-Péray. Condrieu and Château-Grillet can produce single-varietal Viognier only. The Southern Rhône, on the other hand, has much more variety, with many more permitted grapes including the ones named above as well as Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpoul and Ugni Blanc.

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