Lou Coucardié Red & White
Nostre Païs Red & White
The Varietals
2017

France, Southern Rhône: The Elegant and Lively 2015s and Heavenly 2016s


2015 Michel Gassier Costières de Nîmes Lou Coucardié      92 pts

Always a Mourvèdre dominated cuvée, the 2015 Costières de Nîmes Lou Coucardié is a big, sweetly fruited, plum and sexy beast of a wine that offers lots of black raspberries, spiced plums, incense and cured meats. Big, full-bodied, unctuous and sweetly fruited, with a rounded texture, low acidity, and a good finish, Drink it over the coming decade or more. This was made with 50% stems and brought up in once used demi-muids.

2015 Michel Gassier Costières de Nîmes Nostre Païs      93 pts

Coming mostly from the Bec vineyard in the south, the 2015 Costières de Nîmes Nostre Païs checks in as a blend of 45% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Carignan and the balance Mourvèdre and Cinsault. It sports a deep ruby color to go with fabulous Grenache notes of black raspberries, spice, garrigue, and pepper. Hedonistic, opulent and rich, yet also balanced and fresh, it will compete with $50-dollar Châteauneuf du Papes.

2015 Michel Gassier Costières de Nîmes Syrah      90 pts

Coming from a mix of vineyards in the north and southern part of the Costières, the 2015 Costières de Nîmes Syrah incorporates 3% Viognier and is always made with a northern Rhône style in mind. It sports a deep ruby color to go with ripe, full-bodied notes of blackberries, chocolate, smoked herbs and hints of meatiness. Textured, layered and impeccably balanced, with terrific depth, it’s a total charmer to enjoy over the coming 3-4 years.

2016 Michel Gassier Costières de Nîmes Lou Coucardié      93-96 pts

A blend of 50% Mourvèdre, 35% Grenache and 15% Syrah, the 2016 Costières de Nîmes Lou Coucardié is truly sensational, and I think one of the finest wines I’ve tasted from the Costières de Nîmes appellation. Black and blue fruits, violets, chocolate and charred beef notes give way to a rich, full-bodied, beautifully pure red that has integrated acidity and a great, great finish. Like all of the 2016s, it has serious depth, density, fat, and opulence.

2016 Michel Gassier Costières de Nîmes Nostre Païs      92-94 pts

The Grenache dominated cuvée is the 2016 Costières de Nîmes Nostre Païs, and it includes 20% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, and the rest Carignan and Cinsault, brought up in older barrels and concrete tanks. Black raspberries, black licorice, leafy herbs, violets and hints of graphite give way to a rich, full-bodied, yet incredibly sexy 2016 that has sweet tannin and a power-packed profile. Tina Gassier called this a Nostre Païs on steroids and I couldn’t disagree with her.

2016 Michel Gassier Costières de Nîmes Syrah      91-93 pts

The 2016 Costières de Nîmes Syrah comes from both the northern and southern portions of the appellation and is concrete tank-aged blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier. Blackberries, olives, violets and bacon fat notions give way to a beautifully pure, elegant, gorgeous wine that’s going to pass undetected in a lineup of Côte Rôtie. And that’s saying something for a $17-dollar wine.

2016 Michel Gassier Costières de Nîmes Blanc Lou Coucardié      93 pts

From the Bec vineyard located in the southern part of the appellation, the 2016 Costières de Nîmes Blanc Lou Coucardié is another tour de force from this appellation. Buttered apple, orange blossom, hints of apricot and spice all give way to rich, fleshy, yet fresh and pure white that’s going to shine on the dinner table. This cuvée is 40% each of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, with the balance Viognier, aged on lees in 500-liter barrels.

2016 Michel Gassier Costières de Nîmes Blanc Nostre Païs       92 pts

A blend of 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne, 20% Clairette and the rest Viognier and Bourboulenc, aged in barrel and concrete tanks, the 2016 Costières de Nîmes Blanc Nostre Païs comes almost exclusively from the estate Bec Vineyard in the southern part of the Costières de Nîmes. It’s a perfumed, pretty, elegant white loaded with notions of citrus blossom, crushed stone, salty, sea breeze like nuances, yet packs ample richness and depth on the palate. Fresh, lively and balanced, drink it over the coming 2-3 years.

2016 Michel Gassier Vin de France Viognier      90 pts

The 2016 Vin de France Viognier offers classic Viognier notes of tangerine and orange blossom, with terrific intensity, and it stays lively and fresh on the palate, with good acidity and a great finish. It’s another terrific value from this estate that delivers the goods.

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