05 Oct Autumn Rhone Favorites
Here we have an affordable, medium to full-bodied white perfect for the cooling weather! This Marsanne comes from a fantastic producer known for Condrieu (the finest Viogniers on Earth!). And below that, check out two awesome high-scoring values from Michel Gassier, a relatively young producer in the Costieres de Nimes that came out of the gate with a bang and has knocked our socks off vintage after vintage with these great values.
2015 Yves Cuilleron Marsanne “Les Vignes d’á Côté”
On Sale $18.99
Weighty, but bright and lively too, with lots of mirabelle plum, apricot and white peach fruit flavors pumping forth, backed by verbena and citrus oil accents through the finish. Very tasty. Drink now through 2018. 200 cases imported.
91 Points, The Wine Spectator
“Both of these fascinating wines almost defy belief given their realistic pricing.”
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
2013 Michel Gassier “Nostre Pais Blanc,” Costieres de Nimes
On Sale $15.99
One of my favorite whites from the region, as well as a year in, year out value, the 2013 Costières de Nîmes Nostre Païs Blanc is 60% Grenache Blanc (always from the same parcel) and the rest Clairette, Roussanne and Viognier. Fermented one-third in barrel and aged eight months on lees, 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.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate
2012 Michel Gassier “Nostre Pais Rouge,” Costieres de Nimes
On Sale $15.99
Gorgeous black raspberry, cassis, licorice, wild herbs and crushed flowers all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, seamless and thrillingly pure 2012. Possessing fantastic complexity, freshness and textured, it’s an incredible wine from this often overlook appellation. Drink it over the coming 3-5 years.
93-94 Points, The Wine Advocate