Lou Coucardié Red & White
Nostre Païs Red & White
The Varietals
2016

Vinous – June 2016


92    Michel Gassier 2012 Lou Coucardié Rouge – Costières de Nîmes
Deep ruby. Black raspberry, vanilla, black pepper and candied flowers on the highly fragnant nose. Offers palate-staining, oak-spiced red berry, cherry compote and floral pastille flavors that show noteworthy energy and a minerally topnote that builds with air. Rich yet vibrant and energetic, delivering impressie closing thrust, slow-building tannins and a persistent lavender note.– JR

91     Michel Gassier 2013 Lou Coucardié Blanc – Costières de Nîmes
Vivid yellow. Deep-pitched aromas of candied pit fruits, honeydew and white flowers are lifted and sharpened by a quinine nuance. Smooth, concentrated, and spicy on the palate, offering nectarine, melon and orange flavors complicated by a touch of succulent herbs. Firms up on the penetrating, very persistent finish, leaving behind floral and pit fruit notes.– JR

91     Michel Gassier 2012 Nostre Païs Rouge- Costières de Nîmes
Opaque ruby. Potent dark berry liqueur, candied violet, licorice and woodsmoke on the highly perfumed nose. Lush and expansive, offering appealingly sweet boysenberry and floral pastille flavors braced and sharpened by juicy acidity. Ample yet lively, displaying strong closing thrust and smooth, sneaky tannins that lend shape and grip.– JR

90     Michel Gassier 2013 Nostre Païs Blanc – Costières de Nîmes
Pale gold. Powerful orchard fruit and melon scents, along with suggestions of fennel, honey and smoky minerals. Round and fleshy, offering intense pear, melon and nectarine flavors given a refreshingly bitter edge by a hint of orange pith. A subtle herb nuance emerges on the finish, which hangs on with strong, mineral-driven tenacity. – JR

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