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Serious Cotes du Rhone Value – Domaine de Chantepierre

The 2016 Domaine de Chantepierre is a serious Cotes du Rhone Value and one of the best red wine deals I’ve encountered this year!  I tasted this one with Henri Gabriel, owner Advintage Distributing, about a month ago while in Charleston.  From the first sniff, I knew I was going to buy this wine.  Why?  Because it literally lit up every olfactory receptor in my being. Lovely warm and ripe berry fruits, a whiff of pepper and herbes de Provence just exploded out of the glass.  I took a sip.  Wow!  Concentrated and mouth-filling, yet supple and soft, I knew I had found the new Case of the Month.  It’s the 2016 Domaine de Chantepierre Cotes du Rhone Rouge, it is scrumptious, and it can be yours for less than $10/bottle!  Join us this Saturday, June 24th any time between 2-5 p.m. to taste this one along with 9 other wines at our Super Saturday Wine Tasting!  Here’s the deal:

2016 Domaine de Chantepierre Cotes du Rhone Rouge – On Sale Through Saturday, July 22nd

Regular Price: $12.99/bottle

Sale Price: $9.99/bottle on your solid case — Over 20% off!!!

If you know me, you know I love me some Cotes du Rhone and this is one of the best I’ve ever found for the money.  One of the most versatile red wines out there, it’s ideal for sipping solo or for pairing with all sorts of different dishes.  From grilled meats and stews to burgers and sausages, it just makes everything taste better.  A classic blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre, this one is fermented entirely in stainless steel to preserve purity and freshness. Upon pouring, the wine shows a nice deep color and the nose is rich and decadent with notes of kirsch, cassis, plum, spice and rosemary.  The palates shows a similar flavor profile, but it’s the texture of the wine that most impressed me.  Possessing ripe and fine grained tannin and relatively low acidity, this Cote du Rhone value glides across the palate seamlessly.

Oh yeah, what about the producer Josh?  In case you didn’t know, we specialize in wines from family-run wineries, and this is certainly one of those.  Domaine de Chantepierre has belonged to Christian Paly’s family for over 500 years!  That’s all?  In all seriousness, this passing down of the land and the vineyards from generation to generation is the primary reason that this estate makes consistently great wines.  The family knows the land, the grapes, the climate, and how to overcome the many challenges encountered by grape farmers.  They certainly figured it out in this vintage!

That’a about all I’ve got to say about this one.  One more reminder — stop by this Saturday any time between 2-5 p.m. and try this stuff.  Hopefully, you’ll be as blown away as me!  Can’t make it, but want to buy some because you trust me?  Just stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

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