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|Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2015 (based on 13 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 190 notes) - and median of 90 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by Leomania on 12/31/2014 & rated 90 points: Opened for guests on New Years's Eve. Didn't even get a splash of it, but those enjoying it raved which is consistent with my previous bottles. (1129 views)|
| ||Tasted by Ron Van Holland on 12/6/2014 & rated 92 points: Scrumptious nose of tropical and cool-climate fruit. Very nice balance between the complex fruit, medium acidity, and peach-pit minerality. Comes together in a long finish. Sadly, my last bottle. On to the 2012... (1422 views)|
| ||Tasted by dfitzg2 on 12/1/2014 & rated 89 points: Very nice French white blend. Paired well with pork chops and later with Won Ton Soup. Light golden color, crisp and clean with a smooth finish. (1497 views)|
| ||Tasted by cortisj2 on 11/26/2014 & rated 91 points: bright nose of citrus and spice, golden in color. A medium to full bodied white Rhone blend, with peach, pineapple, lemon zest, Nice Balance of acidity, long finish. (1478 views)|
| ||Tasted by dfitzg2 on 11/16/2014 & rated 89 points: crisp and clean (1596 views)|
| ||Tasted by profiler54 on 10/12/2014 & rated 87 points: Opened poured through Vinturi wine aerator. Served in Reidel Vinum Bordeaux stems at 46 F. Color clear lemon gold of medium intensity....Clean medium intensity nose of sweet lemon, grapefruit, pear, honeysuckle and wet stones. Fully dry, medium bodied , well balanced with medium plus acidity..... This wine is drinking well but is slightly declining. Excellent (1129 views)|
| ||Tasted by ABM on 10/8/2014 & rated 90 points: Excellent white wine. Clean, crisp, dry and good fruit. Will try to get more of this one. (747 views)|
| ||Tasted by vinodolphin on 9/23/2014 & rated 90 points: Not much new to add. Good drink and a bit pricy. (874 views)|
| ||Tasted by bullmrkt on 9/19/2014: My last couple of bottles were a pale representation of the crowd pleaser this once was. Too bad because it was really good, but the fruit and energy just completely faded. Short lived! (867 views)|
| ||Tasted by europat55 on 9/13/2014 & rated 90 points: Consistent with prior bottles.|
My last 2011 bottle... time to move to the 2012! ;) (839 views)
| ||Tasted by vinodolphin on 9/3/2014 & rated 90 points: Perhaps a bit too much buck for the bang considering the competition but a very nice refreshing white that stands well alone or with food. (706 views)|
| ||Tasted by Leomania on 8/30/2014 & rated 90 points: My note from 5/4 is spot on. Love the melon in this wine, but there are a number of fun elements on the nose and palate. Very enjoyable. (424 views)|
| ||Tasted by Mattshank on 8/15/2014 & rated 91 points: Very similar to last bottle drank on 3/24/13 but more integrated. Plenty of life left and last bottle will be drunk in another 1 or 1 1/2 years. (780 views)|
| ||Tasted by Blue Shorts on 7/27/2014 & rated 90 points: Excellent white Rhone-style for the price. Nose of peach, pear and citrus. Taste similar to nose with moderate acidity and a dry finish. (819 views)|
| ||Tasted by jaumealaska on 7/21/2014 & rated 89 points: nice crisp Rhone white with good acidity and brightness from the grenache blanc--predominate and some roundness and melons from the Roussanne. Great summer white (925 views)|
| ||Tasted by corkscrews on 7/19/2014 & rated 91 points: A bright nose of citrus and spices, medium golden in color. A medium to full bodied white Rhone blend, with peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tons of acidity, long finish, very good. www.winelx.com (821 views)|
| ||Tasted by hsacks on 7/17/2014 & rated 91 points: Similar to the 3/23/14 bottle. (768 views)|
| ||Tasted by davidandrose on 7/6/2014 & rated 90 points: Last bottle, and this one was much more enjoyable than the last two. After-the-fact and with several J-Staff guests, no detailed notes. (886 views)|
| ||Tasted by David_T on 6/12/2014: Still some pleasant aromas/flavors of pear, apple, melon and cream but this has lots almost all of the freshness it had last year. Drink up this summer. 90 last year, mid-80s now. (993 views)|
| ||Tasted by Winiac on 5/8/2014 & rated 88 points: Full bodied, somewhat oaky, and fair balance. It lacks acidity and length of flavors. Almost disappears from the palate in the end. (1250 views)|
| ||Tasted by Leomania on 5/4/2014 & rated 90 points: Honeydew melon, lemon, and still a hint of something tropical. A slight sweetness but with plenty of acidity. Lovely. (857 views)|
| ||Tasted by hsacks on 3/23/2014 & rated 91 points: A touch richer and longer with better integration than the 1/25/14 bottle. (1560 views)|
| ||Tasted by europat55 on 3/2/2014 & rated 89 points: Consistent with my previous bottles. (1695 views)|
| ||Tasted by cweiner on 2/2/2014 & rated 91 points: Keeps my wife happy and tastes great|
Best $16 in a while (1711 views)
| ||Tasted by hsacks on 1/25/2014 & rated 90 points: Light yellow color. Aromas of melons and honeysuckle. Ripe but nicely balanced and structured fruit in the mouth with very good depth and length. Still a bit young, this delicious wine might improve a bit with another year of bottle age. A very good value. (1710 views)|
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Michel Gassier Producer website
2011 Michel Gassier Costières-de-Nîmes Nostre Païs BlancTERROIRS: rolled pebbles and red clay. AOC Costières de Nîmes.
VARIETALS: 80% Grenache blanc, 5% Roussanne, 5%Viognier, 5% Bourboulenc and 5% Clairette
- selection of parcels of old vines with naturally small yields
- manual harvest with sorting and refrigeration of the grapes
- direct press to preserve the acidity
- partial fermentation in barrels (50% of the volume)
- aging on lees during 6 months
- one single bottling run without filtration.
France Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)
Rhône Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)
Southern Rhône Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley
RP APPRAISAL OF SOUTHERN RHONE VINTAGES:
WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E
### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.
### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”
### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."
### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!
(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.
By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"
By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)