2010 Michel Gassier Cotes-du-Rhone Cercius Rouge

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93
Rhone Report: 91
Red Wine
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AN ABSOLUTE MUST CASE BUY!!...WE'VE JUST FOUND MORE....THIS WILL BE GONE IN A HEARTBEAT, LET'S NOT FIGHT OVER IT!!

85% Grenache 15% Syrah

"Wow, is this an exciting wine! A custom cuvee put together by importer Eric Solomon along with the brilliant oenologist Philippe Cambie and Costieres de Nimes’ up-and-coming superstar, Michel Gassier, this blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah (and there are 5,000 cases for the US) comes from the 70- to 80-year-old Grenache vines on the plateau of Domazan to the south of Chateauneuf du Pape. This sensational wine tastes more like Chateauneuf du Pape than just about any Cotes du Rhone one is likely to find. It is also another example of what looks to be another great vintage emerging from the southern Rhone – 2010. This is one of the greatest Cotes du Rhones I have ever tasted – wonderfully intense, deep ruby with some purple tinges, with a stunning nose of black raspberry liqueur intermixed with sweet cherries, licorice, pepper and Provencal lavender. Round, generous, opulent and heady, this fabulously intense, hedonistic wine should be drunk over the next 3-4 years. Bravo!" (WA)

Winery Notes:
Vignobles Michel Gassier joins our ancestral estates in a single desire: make captivating wines that express the essence of our grapes & 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 & Domaine de Molines.

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 1200 feet, the grapes’ freshness is protected and then preserved during vinification in concrete tanks.