Are you sick and tired of Chardonnay? Or maybe you still love Chardonnay, but you want to try something new? We’ve got the wine for you, and it’s the 2013 Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais, a 92 point rated white wine that is going to make your head spin. A blend of old vine, organically farmed Grenache Blanc (60%), Clairette (20%), Roussanne (15%), and Viognier (5%), it was described very well by Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate as “one of my favorite whites from the region, as well as a year in, year out great value.” We couldn’t agree more, so we went ahead and bought our distributor out of the wine.
If you’re a regular at Table Wine, you’ve probably had a bottle of wine from Michel Gassier. He’s the man behind the Cercius Cotes du Rhone, one of our best selling reds of all time, and we’re equally impressed with his whites and believe that this one is destined for greatness at Table Wine. Located on the southern edge of the Rhone Valley near the ancient city of Nimes, this is a region that has produced some of the best values in the Southern Rhone for several years. The region is aided by the legendary mistral winds of Provence that sweep over the vines and out to the Mediterranean Sea. These brisk cross winds keep the vines and the grapes dry and help to maintain and protect the freshness of the grapes. Combine that with the fact that the vineyards that Gassier uses for this wine are old (20 to 45 years) and composed of red clay and rolled pebble (a la Chateauneuf du Pape), and you have the perfect marriage of factors necessary to create great wine.
Fermented 2/3 in stainless steel and 1/3 in older barrels, the wine is aged for 8 months on the lees. The resulting wine pours a beautiful straw/light golden color and the nose immediately grabs your attention. It’s a mix of golden orchard and exotic tropical fruits complimented by notions of spring flowers, exotic spices, and toffee. We had trouble removing our noses from the glass, but we managed. On the palate, this has got lovely weight and a silken texture, but there’s also a freshness and purity to the wine that keeps it from feeling fat and flabby. The aromas continue on the palate where the wine takes on more buttered citrus, poached pear, dried honey and honeysuckle notes. Again, the balance and interplay between richness/complexity and freshness/purity is utterly amazing.