In his February 3rd post for Wine Spectator entitled “17 Southern Rhône Values“, James Molesworth described four of our whites as follows…
The large swath of France’s Southern Rhône Valley outside of Châteauneuf-du-Pape continues to churn out an ocean of ripe, mouthfilling, character-filled reds at often very modest prices… Further south and west, past Avignon, is Michel Gassier’s domaine, which manages to pull minerality and finesse from the overlooked Costières de Nîmes area.
MICHEL GASSIER Costières de Nîmes White Château de Nages Cuvée JT 2010 Score: 91 | $22 This starts plump, displaying a salted butter and creamed melon profile, but picks up mouthwatering yellow apple and verbena notes along the way for freshness and length. Very tasty. Drink now through 2013. 3,000 cases imported. —J.M.
MICHEL GASSIER Costières de Nîmes Lou Coucardié White 2010 Score: 90 | $30 This has richness, but stays bright and pure, with delicious Cavaillon melon, green fig and yellow apple flavors laced with a floral note. Nice underlying acidity carries the finish. Drink now through 2013. 2,500 cases imported. —J.M.
MICHEL GASSIER Costières de Nîmes Nostre Païs White 2010 Score: 90 | $20 A very bright, floral style, with lots of chamomile, honeysuckle and quinine notes leading the way for verbena, white peach and yellow apple flavors. The racy finish lets the quinine edge hang on nicely. Drink now through 2013. 5,000 cases imported. —J.M.
MICHEL GASSIER Costières de Nîmes White Château de Nages Vieilles Vignes 2010 Score: 89 | $18 This has a ripe core of melon, plantain and Jonagold apple flavors, but stays racy, as floral and quinine notes run along the edges. The fresh finish stays brightly defined. Drink now. 5,000 cases imported. —J.M.