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    Cercius Vieilles Vignes Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2013

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    91pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    With encyclopedic knowledge of the wines and terroirs of the Rhone as well as his native Costieres de Nimes, Michel Gassier is a restless and innovative vigneron. Usually inquisitive personalities like Michel start as outsiders, enfants terribles, iconoclasts. Such is not the case with Michel, whose family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Costieres de Nimes for four generations. Together with his wife Tina, they are helping to establish a new level of quality for Costieres de Nimes without forsaking the uniqueness of their terroir. They have achieved this through nurturing their land, farming organically, promoting biodiversity, and respecting their employees as much as their vines. They are proponents of indigenous varieties and taking advantage of the diversity of climats to make wines that are dense and pure but elegantly balanced. Cercius Vieilles Vignes Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge is made in partnership with Eric Solomon and Philippe Cambie from several sites throughout the Rhone valley. Nostre Pais is the epitome of the terroir of the Costieres de Nimes while Lou Coucardie represents the aspirations of Michel and Tina through conversation with the land and its history.

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cotes du Rhone Cercius Vieilles Vignes from the Plateau de Domazan, is a 7,000-case blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah aged six months in concrete. Cercius is the Latin name for the legendary north/south whipping winds called the Mistral that dominate the southern Rhone Valley for one hundred or so days a year. The deep ruby/purple-colored 2013 Cercius boasts a stunning nose of camphor, incense, blackberries, cassis, kirsch and licorice. This full-bodied, opulent, saturated, fruit-dominated red wine is super-pure, incredibly well-balanced, full and stunning. Drink it over the next 2-3 years. Michel Gassier is receiving copious press (all positive and deservedly so) from French wine journalists, and he has been favorably reviewed in The Wine Advocate for nearly a decade. In this joint project with Philippe Cambie and Eric Solomon, he produces what may be his best value. Drink: 2014 - 2017." Jun 2014

    Bottle: 750ml
    Varietal: 85% Grenache, 15% Syrah (practicing organic)
    Aging: 6 months in concrete
    Region: Cotes-du-Rhone, Southern Rhone, France