Michel Gassier Cotes du Rhone Villages Visan Cercius Blanc 2010

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93 points Robert Parker: Wow, is this an exciting wine!... 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah... from 70- to 80-year-old Grenache vines... 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! (Jun 2011)

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Vignobles Michel Gassier:
Our land – the beginning and the end A family of winemakers for four generations now, we are intimately connected to our land. By striving to live in harmony with nature we achieve a personal equilibrium and give meaning to our lives. The Mediterranean – our culture The Mediterranean is the cradle of our family. We have been nurtured by its strong and unique cultures, passionate and at times u... Read more
Our land – the beginning and the end A family of winemakers for four generations now, we are intimately connected to our land. By striving to live in harmony with nature we achieve a personal equilibrium and give meaning to our lives. The Mediterranean – our culture The Mediterranean is the cradle of our family. We have been nurtured by its strong and unique cultures, passionate and at times unbridled, yet always turned towards humanity. The family rock “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” We are but a link in a chain, receiving and then transmitting, following the path of generations past. Solidarity, trust, commitment, and love nurture the human spirit to tackle even the most ambitious projects. Read less

Member Reviews for Michel Gassier Cotes du Rhone Villages Visan Cercius Blanc

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Snooth User: Eric Guido
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3.50 5
08/25/2012

The nose showed ripe mixed berries, sweet spicy cookie and chalky minerals. On the palate, it was soft like velvet yet juicy and balanced it’s 14.5% alcohol very well as blackberry jam and violet candies messaged the senses. The finish was long and enjoyable with ripe berries and herbs. (90 points)


External Reviews for Michel Gassier Cotes du Rhone Villages Visan Cercius Blanc

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2009 Cercius red, a Visan Cotes du Rhone-Villages, is composed of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah. It represents a naked expression of Cotes du Rhone as it is aged completely in concrete prior to bottling. This medium to full-bodied wine possesses a deep ruby/purple color in addition to copious black currant and black cherry fruit interwoven with graphite, crushed rocks, and spice, excellent fruit intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, good acidity, and light tannins. It should drink nicely for 3ndash;4 years.


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Source: NapaCabs.com
01/12/2012

Straw yellow with soft green highlights. Very aromatic, predominantly aromas of citrus, flowers, and flint. Medium bodied and crisp, pairs well with roasted monkfish, paprika grilled game hen, and goat cheeses.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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 Nimesrsquo; 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 ndash; 2010. This is one of the greatest Cotes du Rhones I have ever tasted ndash; 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 3ndash;4 years. Bravo!


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Deep mahogany core with a beautiful dense violet rim. Robust nose of blackberry cherry cola Asian spice and sweet mocha chocolate. Massive entry with abundant notes of cocoa black cherry sassafras and menthol on the broad-shouldered palate. Exceptional density as well as complexity to this 85% grenache 15% syrah blend. Stunning finish of fruit compote and spice. This is a forward wine best consumed young over the next few years. For this price why not? Alex Lallos.



93 points Robert Parker: Wow, is this an exciting wine!... 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah... from 70- to 80-year-old Grenache vines... 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! (Jun 2011)

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