2012 Michel Gassier Lou Coucardie Proprietary Red Blend

Year: 2012
Appellation: Costieres de Nimes
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

ATTENTION YOU RHONE NUTS: 49% Mourvedre, 35% Grenache and 16% Syrah-GET IT!!

"This is laced with cinnamon and black tea notes, while the core of lightly mulled black cherry and plum fruit takes a back seat. Offers a reserved, silky finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases made. -JM" (WS)

“More ripe and decadent than the 2013, the 2012 Costières de Nîmes Lou Coucardie (49% Mourvèdre, 35% Grenache and the balance Syrah) is a big, mouth-filling effort that gives up loads of chewy black raspberry, black currants, smoked earth and pepper. Full-bodied, concentrated and dense, yet still showing elegance and purity, it has some rustic tannin that needs a year or two to integrate and will be at its best from 2016-2024." (WA)

"Deep ruby. Black raspberry, vanilla, black pepper and candied flowers on the highly fragrant nose. Offers palate-staining, oak-spiced red berry, cherry compote and floral pastille flavors that show noteworthy energy and a minerally topnote that builds with air. Rich yet vibrant and energetic, delivering impressive closing thrust, slow-building tannins and a persistent lavender note. " (VM)

Winery Notes:
Vignobles Michel Gassier joins our ancestral estates in a single desire: make captivating wines that express the essence of our grapes and their terroirs that nourish them. Currently in conversion to organic farming, our Rhône valley vineyards are counselled by Philippe Cambie. Discover award winning wines that express the passion of their wine maker at Château de Nages and Domaine de Molines.

“This experimental cuvée represents the essence of my work as a winemaker. I seek to explore uncharted territories, with the hope of finding the most original expression of my terroir. Baptized after an old regional tradition of bull games, “Lou Coucardié” is that fierce male bull defending a set of horn attributes in a crowded arena. Strong and courageous, he represents the ideal of his race.” –Michel Gassier