2010 Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Proprietary White Blend

Year: 2010
Appellation: Costieres de Nimes
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92
The Rhone Report: 91
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"A very bright, floral style, with chamomile, honeysuckle and quinine notes leading the way for verbena, white peach and yellow apple flavors. The racy finish lets the quinine edge hang on nicely. Drink now through 2013. 5,000 cases imported." (WS)

"The 2010 Nostre Pais Blanc is a blend of 80% Grenache blanc and the rest equal parts Roussanne and Viognier, aged on its lees for six months, with some barrel fermentation but limited exposure to oak. It comes across as a top-flight white Chateauneuf du Pape rather than a less expensive Costieres de Nimes. Light gold in color, with an extraordinary nose of vivid honeysuckle, candle wax, marmalade and tropical fruit, the wine is elegant, has good acidity, and wonderful freshness, but a surprisingly intense, full-bodied mouthfeel. Following a tasting, I had this wine with Maryland soft shell crabs, and it was an exquisite marriage. Drink it over the next year.

These are two brilliant white wines from up-and-coming Costieres de Nimes producer Michel Gassier. His consultant is the irrepressible Philippe Cambie, who is, of course, a superstar for red wines, but can also turn a trick or two with some extraordinary whites. Both of these fascinating wines almost defy belief given their realistic pricing." (WA)


This $14.95 dry white, truly bowled me over with its quality and wonderfully integrated panoply of sheer enjoy¬able aromas and flavors. The wine is an utter delight and I may even go so far as to say it well may be the best wine around from anywhere in the world selling for around its bargain offering of $14.95!

The 2010 Nostre Pais Blanc comes from the Costieres de Nimes which is the most southern part of the large Rhone Valley. The wine is 80% Grenache Blanc and 10% each of two of my favorite white Rhone varieties, the Viognier and Roussanne. In producing the wine it is aged on its lees(sediment/pulp) for six months, with some of it receiving a bit of barrel fermentation, but over all very little exposure to oak. It is somewhat similar to a very good Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc that sells for double or triple its bargain price.

The color is an appealing pale gold with an aroma of fresh honeysuckle, orange blossoms and chrysanthemum tea, while on the palate you’ll find touches of pineapple and other tropical fruit and fresh honey and ginger preserves—accompanied by an excellent refreshing thirst quenching acid balance. Part of the wines great charm is in its youth, so drink now and within the next couple of years.

I can see the wine as a wonderful companion with all types of shell fish and other sea food as well as with chicken or pork. Yet, if I had to pick its ideal food mate it would be sashimi and other types of Japanese cuisine as well as pungent well-prepared Chinese fish dishes (such as the great fresh “Flounder” cooked two ways and served at Hop Li on Santa Monica Boulevard near Bundy (caution -- avoid all the other Hop Li restaurants in town)

RATING:93(Compared to other whites under $15 it deserves a 97).

PRICE:$14.95 ****bargain

WHERE:Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

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.

“This new cuvée represents our search for elegance, purity and mineral/terroir expression. Grape ripeness is not pushed to the outer limits, sorting is drastic, oak aging is kept to a minimum, and blending includes 3 varietals of our appellation (White Grenache, Roussanne & Viognier). Our winemaking style is as non interventionist as possible.” -Michel Gassier