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World class French whites tasting at Table Wine in Asheville North Carolina.

World Class French Whites – Try Three for Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, August 12th from 2-5pm – Join us at Table Wine in South Asheville for a sampling of world class French whites.  It’s the best free wine tasting in Asheville, and you’re invited!

This is an incredible lineup of very special wines from some of the most distinct and unique terroirs of France.  With summer in full force, this is a great opportunity to taste some of our favorite new white wine arrivals.  We’ll start with our new Wine of the Week, a lovely and intense Sancerre from France’s Loire Valley.  Possessing intense aromas and flavors or ripe citrus, flinty mineral, and herb, it’s one of the best Sancerres in the store. Up next is a stunning, mineral-laced Chablis from Domaine Savary.  One of the great Chablis values on the market, the warmer conditions of the 2015 vintage resulted in a richer, bolder styled Chardonnay.  To finish, you’ll get to sample a drop dead gorgeous White Rhone from Michel Gassier.  Rich, exotic, decadent and beautifully balanced, this reminds me of White Chateauneuf du Pape at a fraction of the price.  Seriously, don’t miss this tasting!  Stop by, taste, learn, and save on all of the featured tastings wines.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2016 Philippe Girard Sancerre Cuvée Silex (Loire Valley, France) – It’s our new Wine of the Week and it’s an absolutely stellar version of Sancerre, France’s most prized Sauvignon Blanc based wine.  Grown in flinty soils along the shores of the Loire River, this one just rocks my world.  Intense notes of gooseberry, lemon curd, mineral and green herbs, you won’t find a better Sancerre for the money.

2. 2015 Domaine Savary Chablis (Burgundy, France) – In 1990, Olivier Savary’s longtime friend and Chablis legend Jean-Marie Raveneau introduced Olivier to importer Kermit Lynch. I’m glad he did!  This is just classic, prototype Chablis with serious class and pedigree.  100% Chardonnay from 25+ year old vines, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged on its fine lies. Rich, yet pure and bordering on creamy, it flows with pretty notes of ripe pear, peach, apple and chalky minerality.

3. 2013 Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Blanc “Lou Coucardie” (Southern Rhone, France) – This exotic, full bodied blend of 45% Viognier, 30% Roussanne and 25% Grenache Blanc is sensational. From old, organically farmed vineyards, the wine is raised in new and once used used large 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).” – Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 92 points

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

Taste Michel Gassier wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Focus on Michel Gassier

Saturday, April 1st from 2-5 pm – Join us for a free wine tasting (click here for directions) featuring new vintages of Michel Gassier’s award winning Southern Rhones!  Yep, the Cercius and the Nostre Pais reds and whites are back, and Table Wine is the only place in Asheville to get them!

We spend a lot of time talking about the wines of Michel Gassier.  Why?  Because they represent some of the best values of the Southern Rhone every single year.  Michel Gassier was born in Costieres de Nimes, the southernmost part of the Rhone Valley, and he knows the land, the grapes, the climate, and the soil. This knowledge is highly evident in his wines.  You all know the Cercius wines are rock solid, but we think the real values are his Nostre Pais wines.  These might best be described as his “Cercius Reserve” wines.  Made with fruit from Gassier’s home turf of Costieres de Nimes, just west of Chateauneuf du Pape, these wines offer up Chateauneuf like style, flavor, and press at a fraction of the price.  Sound good? All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn, and save on all of the featured wines.

Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc (Southern Rhone Valley) – This enchanting blend of Grenache Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc is the best selling white wine in the store.  Offering loads of ripe fruit flavors, great texture, and plenty of balancing acidity, it’s what Josh calls “the perfect white wine.”
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Blanc (Costieres de Nimes)
– This brilliant white wine would put many White Chateauneuf du Papes to bed!  A blend of 52% Grenache Blanc, 22% Roussanne, 17% Viognier, and dollops of Clairette and Bourbolenc, this is fresh, bright, exotic and delicious.  Offering up gorgeous notes of white peach, citrus blossom, white flowers, and zesty acidity, it offer immediate gratification.
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Michel Gassier Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes “Cercius” (Southern Rhone Valley) – The Cercius Cotes du Rhone is one of the best selling wines in the history of the store, and Vintage 2015 produced another incredible wine.  A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, all from 80+ year old vineyards, it is fat, plush, and decadent with notes of ripe kirsch, raspberry, lavender and Provencal herbs.  Full bodied, yet seamless and smooth, this is guaranteed to blow some minds.
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

4. 2014 Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Rouge (Costieres de Nimes) –  We’ll let Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate tell you about this one!  “One of the bigger, richer versions of this cuvee, the 2014 Nostre Païs Costières de Nîmes (35% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 20% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and Cinsault) was fermented with one-third whole clusters and aged in equal parts 500-liter barrels and concrete tanks. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by terrific notes of blackberries, blackcurrants, roasted herbs and licorice. It has serious mid-palate depth, integrated acidity and present, yet ripe tannin, all suggesting it will evolve gracefully for at least 4-6 years.” – 91 points
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

Free Wine Tasting in Asheville, NC.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Perfect Thanksgiving Wines

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Stop by the store and sample a couple of perfect Thanksgiving wines!  Friday, November 11th, 4-7pm

With one of our biggest tastings taking place on Saturday, November 12th from 2-5pm (click here to read about that), we’re going to keep Friday’s free wine tasting really simple.  That doesn’t mean we’re pouring mediocre wines though!  Far from it, we’re pouring a couple of highly rated rock stars.  We’ll start with top white wine from Michel Gassier, one of our favorite producers in the Southern Rhone.  It drinks like a top flight white Chateauneuf du Pape but costs a fraction of the price.  We’re also pouring our new Wine of the Week selection, the 2012 Raptor Ridge Reserve Pinot Noir.  This is the last vintage of this wine that this Oregon producer made, and they went out with a bang!  92 points from Vinous Media and this is definitely a richer, fuller, more flamboyant style of Pinot Noir.  You’re going to love it!  Stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2013 Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Blanc “Lou Coucardie” (Southern Rhone, France) – This exotic, full bodied blend of 45% Viognier, 30% Roussanne and 25% Grenache Blanc is sensational. From old, organically farmed vineyards, the wine is raised in new and once used used large 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).” – Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 92 points
Tasting Price: $26.99/bottle | $25.49 in mixed six packs | $23.99 in mixed cases

2. 2012 Raptor Ridge Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – We’ve been raving about the quality of the 2014 Oregon Pinot Noirs, but don’t forget that 2012 was also a very high quality vintage and it shows in this wine.  The additional bottle age on this one has allowed all of the elements to come together in this wine.  Raptor Ridge is know for producing bigger, riper Pinot Noirs and that’s what you get here.  Jammy cherry, plum and dark raspberry notes are framed nicely by toasty oak and more complex nuances of black tea and Asian spices.  This one would be perfect for this year’s Thanksgiving meal.
Tasting Price: $33.29 on mixed 3-packs | $31.44 on mixed 6-packs | $29.59 on mixed cases

Wonderful White Wines - Free Wine Tasting in Asheville, NC

Try Three For Free Wine Tasting – Wonderful White Wines

Try Three For Free Wine Tasting this Saturday, August 6th from 2-5 p.m. showcasing some wonderful white wines from all corners of the globe!  In case you didn’t know, all of the members of Team Table Wine consume copious amounts of white wine, especially during the hot summer months.  Join us for a free wine tasting where you’ll get to sample some of your favorite wine guys’ favorite white wines.  We’ll start with the new vintage of an all time favorite, best selling white wine (Josh’s pick) before we pour you a splash of a South African classic (Dave’s fave).  Finally, we’ll finish up with one of the best German Riesling values on the planet (Ben’s go-to).  All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn, and save big.  We’ll see you this Saturday!

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, and mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc (Rhone Valley, France) – The new vintage of an all time favorite is back and it’s delicious.  A blend of mainly Grenache Blanc with a just a dab of Sauvignon Blanc fermented in stainless steel and concrete, this is a white wine for all palates.  With medium body, great texture, and rich notes of golden apple, white peach, and gentle spice, this is a great alternative to Chardonnay or Pinot Gris, and you can’t beat the price.
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Cederberg Chenin Blanc (Cederberg, South Africa) – South Africa does Chenin Blanc really well, and this isolated family farm in the Cederberg Mountain Range in South Africa’s Western Cape is proof of that.  Fermented dry in stainless steel, it offers up lovely notes of pear, grapefruit and melon.  The texture on this is also phenomenal — almost creamy in the mouth, but with refreshing acidity, it’s another great wine for a variety of palates.
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Dr. L Riesling (Mosel, Germany) – Ernst Loosen is one of Germany’s qualitative leaders, and his entry level Riesling is a great introduction to classic, Mosel-styled Riesling.  Off-dry and possessing wonderful, zesty acidity, it flows with juicy notes of peach, green apple and citrus.  Try this with spicy Thai or Indian cuisine and call it a night!
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting at Table Wine Asheville - Southern French Wines

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting this Saturday, April 16th from 2-5 pm featuring a delicious batch of small family estate French wines!
Drop by this Saturday any time between 2 and 5 pm for Asheville’s best free wine tasting.  This week, we’ll pour a seriously awesome lineup of French wines including our new Case of the Month Selection, the 2014 Domaine Duffour Cotes de Gascogne.  It is one of the greatest white wine values in the world and we’re offering it at the best price in the country!  In addition, we’ll pour new vintages of Domaine Lafage’s delicious dry rose and Michel Gassier’s Nostre Pais Rouge, a dead ringer for Chateauneuf du Pape that sells for less than $20!  Stop by, taste, learn and save up to 20% off on all of the featured tasting wines.

All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

The Wines

1. 2014 Domaine Duffour Cotes de Gascogne (Gascogne, France) – It’s our new Case of the Month, and it’s the quintessential spring/summer sipper! Based on a stainless steel fermented blend of old vine Colombard (70%), Ugni Blanc (15%), and Gros Manseng (15%), it flows with bright and tangy citrus, tropical fruits, and green herb notes.  Reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc, but with a little more body, it is one of the great white wine values in the world.
Tasting Price: $9.89 in mixed 3-packs | $9.34 in mixed six packs | $8.79 in mixed cases
Special Case of the Month Price: $8.49/bottle by the cases — that’s over 20% off!

2. 2015 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose (Cotes du Roussillon, France) – From old (15-85 years old to be exact), organically farmed Grenache Gris and Mourvedre vineyards in France’s southern Roussillon region, this is dreamy dry rose.  Fermented in tank, the resulting wine smells like spring sunshine with lovely notes of strawberry, watermelon, tropical fruits and white flowers.  Completely dry, 100% delicious, and hard to put down, you don’t want to miss this one!  We also have a few magnums to offer to those who come early!
Tasting Price: $9.89 on mixed 3-packs | $9.34 on mixed 6-packs | $8.79 on mixed cases

3. 2013 Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Rouge (Costieres de Nimes, France) – Michel Gassier is one of our favorite Southern Rhone growers and producers.  He is the man behind the Cercius Cotes du Rhone, one of our top 5 sellers of all time, and this is basically the next step up from Cercius.  A blend of organically cultivated Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, it honestly drinks like really good Chateauneuf du Pape but sells for a fraction of the price.  We’ve got very limited supplies on this one, so come early or miss out!
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine Asheville
828.505.8588 or josh@tablewineasheville.com

Nostre Pais Costieres de Nimes

Case of the Month – Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Rouge and Blanc

Case of the Month – Highly Rated Southern Rhones From Michel Gassier – Best Price in Western North Carolina!!  I know I may sound like a broken record with these Michel Gassier wines!  In case you forgot, Michel is the man behind the Cercius Blanc and Cotes du Rhone, two of the best selling wines in the store.  Trust me, if you like the Cercius wines, you owe it to yourself to try Michel’s Nostre Pais wines.  Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate rated both of these 92 points, and we’re offering you the chance to mix and match a case and get these wines for as low as $15.99/bottle!!!  You won’t find a better price in Western North Carolina on the wines, and you’ll struggle to find a better price online.  Here’s the deal:

Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Costieres de Nimes Blanc and Rouge
On Sale through Tuesday, December 8th 

Regular Price: $19.99/bottle

Sale Price: $15.49/bottle when you buy 6 bottles of each (Over 20% off) or $16.49/bottle when you buy 3 bottles of each (Over 15% off)

Michel Gassier’s family has been raising grapes and making wine in the Costieres de Nimes for four generations. This region, just west of Chateauneuf du Pape in the Southern Rhone Valley of France, has long been home to some of the best values produced in Southern France, and Michel Gassier is one of the undisputed star producers of the region. His knowledge of the land, the grapes, and the climate and his natural skill as a winemaker are showcased in his Nostre Pais wines.

The 2013 Nostre Pais Blanc combines 60% Grenache Blanc with 20% Clairette, 15% Roussanne, and 5% Viognier from older, organically farmed, hand harvested vineyards.  Fermentation occurs in a combination of older French oak barrels and stainless steel.  Boasting incredible aromas and flavors of golden fruits, complex spice, white flowers, and mineral, it could easily pass for a really good white Chateauneuf du Pape.  Rated 92 points by Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate, he called it “(o)ne of my favorite whites from the region, as well as a year in, year out value.”

Equally impressive, Jeb rated the 2013 Nostre Pais Rouge 92 points and described it as such: “Medium-bodied, silky and layered, with building tannin, this elegantly styled Costières will drink nicely on release and evolve for 4-5 years” A blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre and the balance Carignan and Cinsault, it was fermented in a combination of older barrels and concrete tanks.  Like the Nostre Pais Blanc, this is a wine that could give many red Chateauneuf du Papes a serious run for their money.

So there you go, Chateauneuf du Pape like style and flavors at a fraction of the price!  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that both of these wines would be great paired with the traditional Thanksgiving meal.  All you have to do is email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com to place your order.  We’ll be glad to hold your wine(s) for you for up to two weeks. Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Wines from Michel Gassier.

Try Three for Free – Michel Gassier Wines

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting! Highly Rated Southern French Wines From Michel Gassier – Saturday, November 20th from 2-5 p.m. – We spend a lot of time talking about the wines of Michel Gassier.  Why?  Because they represent some of the best value in Southern Rhone Valley wine that we taste every year.  We all know the Cercius wines are rock solid, but many of you have yet to try the Nostre Pais red and white — these might best be described as his “Cercius Reserve” wines.  Made with fruit from Gassier’s home turf of Costieres de Nimes, just west of Chateauneuf du Pape, these wines offer up Chateauneuf like style, flavor, and press at a fraction of the price.  Sound good? All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn, and save on all of the featured red and white blends in this free wine tasting.

Remember, all of the tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting.  Save 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix six of them, or 20% off if you mix twelve or more of them!

The Wines
Prices range from $15 to $20

1. 2014 Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc (Southern Rhone Valley) – This enchanting blend of Grenache Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc is the best selling white wine in the store.  Offering loads of ripe fruit flavors, great texture, and plenty of balancing acidity, it’s what Josh calls “the perfect white wine.”
Tasting Price: $14.39/bottle | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases
Special Wine of the Year Price: $12.79/bottle on solid 6-packs or $10.99/bottle on solid cases!!!

2. 2013 Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Blanc (Costieres de Nimes) – This brilliant white wine would put many White Chateauneuf du Papes to bed!  A blend of 60% Grenache Blanc with smaller portions of Roussanne, Clairette, and Viognier, “it offers fabulous notes of stone fruits, buttered citrus, white flowers and honeysuckle to go with a medium-bodied, fresh, lively and pure style. While it doesn’t skimp on texture, the focus is more on freshness and purity.” – Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 92 points
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

3. 2012 Michel Gassier Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes “Cercius” (Southern Rhone Valley) – We can’t wait to see how one of the best selling reds in the history is performing!  Vintage 2012 was a great one throughout Southern France, and this blend of old vine Grenache and Syrah is sure to please even the pickiest palates.  “(I)t has loads of raspberry, licorice, mineral and Provencal herbs as well as a soft, supple and silky textured feel on the palate.” – Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 91 points
Tasting Price: $14.39/bottle | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

4. 2013 Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Rouge (Costieres de Nimes) –  Gassier’s Nostre Pais Rouge is a cuvée that includes 40% Grenache along with equal parts Syrah, Mourvedre, and Carignan.  Showing plenty of ripe fruit along with integrated spice and earth nuances, this one is “medium-bodied, silky and layered, with building tannin, this elegantly styled Costières will drink nicely on release and evolve for 4-5 years.”
– Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 92 points
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

2014 Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc

Case of the Month – 2014 Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc

Wine of the Week #2 – A White Wine That Will Make You Say Wow! – 2014 Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc – Need a great white wine for all seasons and all palates?  I’ve found it for you!  I’ve been working with the wines from Michel Gassier for five years now, and I’m comfortable with going on the record and stating that this is the best Cercius Blanc we’ve ever tasted.  A blend of 70% Grenache Blanc and 30% Sauvignon Blanc from 25 year old, organically farmed vineyards scattered throughout the Southern Rhone, we’re going to continue the sale on this one through the end of the year or until our distributor runs out.

2014 Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc – On sale through the end of the year!

Regular Price: $15.99/bottle

Sale Price: $10.99/bottle on solid cases (over 30% off) or $12.79/bottle on solid 6-packs (20% 0ff)

Michel Gassier grew up in the Costieres de Nimes/Southern Rhone region of France, and his family has been growing grapes here for four generations.  He and his wife Tina have helped to raise the bar of quality in this region through a unique combination of organic farming, promoting biodiversity, and championing native grapes while being open minded enough to try new things.  The Cercius wines are a joint venture between the Gassiers, importer Eric Solomon, and consultant Philippe Cambie, and this all-star team has produced a stunning white wine in the 2014 vintage.

The 2014 Cercius Blanc is only entitled to the designation of Vin de France because of the inclusion of Sauvignon Blanc, a grape that is not “approved” by any of the Southern Rhone AOC’s.  This renegade spirit and willingness to take chances at the cost of a familiar label is one of the things that makes us respect Monsieur Gassier even more.  It works too!  The 2012 vintage of this wine scored 93 points from Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate and we predict that this wine will receive similar marks.

Boasting a medium to full body and a knockout bouquet of peach, tropical fruits, honeysuckle, and mineral, it is rich and beautifully textured with amazing purity, class, and pedigree.  It’s one of those white wines that will work with all sorts of palates as it combines richness with freshness.  In a nutshell, it’s just plain good and your wine guy says you should go ahead and buy a case.

So there you go, one of our best white wine deals of the year and we’ve got plenty!  Stop by and pick some up or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com if you’d like us to put some aside for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Blanc

2013 Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais

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.  We’ve got about 8 cases to offer, and with some aggressive discounts in place, it’s going to go fast.

Regular Price: $21.99/bottle

On Sale Through Wednesday, March 4th

Buy 3 bottles – $19.79/bottle (10% off)

Buy 6 Bottles – $18.69/bottle (15% off)

Buy 12 or more Bottles – $17.59/bottle (20% off)

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.  Trust us on this one folks, and stop by and pick some up or you can email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com and we’d be glad to hold some for you.

2011 Michel Gassier Cotes du Rhone Villages Visan Cercius

2011 Michel Gassier Cotes du Rhone Villages Visan Cercius

This is a wine that almost everyone likes, and I promise you I’m not exaggerating. We started working with the Cercius with the 2010 vintage, and we continued on successfully with the 2011.  Out of the 100 or so cases we sold over the course of those two vintages, I can count on one hand the number of people who didn’t care for the wine.  We’ve been out of the wine for several months now, and people keep asking when it’s coming back in.  Well, it’s back and it’s our Wine of the Week!

Michel Gassier and his wife Tina farm vineyards in the village of Visan, on the right bank of the Rhone River.  It is here where the legendary Mistral winds of Provence sweep over the vines.  The Latin name for these winds is Cercius, and they play a rather large role in the style of this wine. These stiff winds help to keep the vines and the grapes dry, and when you combine that with the fact that the vineyards are situated at close to 1,200 feet in elevation (it’s cooler up here), you’re already off to a good start.  And when you “sprinkle in” the helping hand of Philippe Cambie (one of the Rhone’s leading consultants) and Eric Solomon (a great importer and marketer of fine wines), you have the perfect recipe for making great wine.

The 2011 Michel Gassier Cotes du Rhone Cercius is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, and all of the grapes come from 80+ year old, organically farmed vineyards.  This is not a light, peppery, bistro styled Cotes du Rhone at all.  Instead, it’s a big, luscious, full bodied fruit and spice bomb!  Boasting aromas and flavors of kirsch, baked blueberry, currant jam, pepper, anise and licorice, this deeply colored, full bodied red is opulent, decadent and hedonistic.  It tastes great with braised dishes (beef or lamb stew), grilled meats, or barbecue, but it by no means needs food.  For fans of riper styled reds, you really need to do yourself a favor and get some of this one!

The weather is going to turn cooler before we know it, and this wine is like a warm blanket on a cold night.  Stop by and pick some up, call us at 828.505.8588 or email us and we’ll set some aside for you as long as you pick it up within a week. Cheers and happy drinking and eating!

On Sale 9/10 through 9/24


Regular Price: $16.99/bottle

Buy 3 Bottles: $15.29(10% off)

Buy 6 Bottles: $14.44(15% off)

Buy 12 Bottles: $13.59(20% off)