Michel Gassier 'Lou Coucardie' Blanc 2011
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Rhone Report 94
"Even better and my favorite of the whites, the spectacular 2011 Michel Gassier Costières-de-Nîmes Lou Coucardie Blanc is a blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Viognier that is fermented and aged all in barrels. Smelling like a top Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, it offers knockout aromas of mineral-laced pear and peach styled fruit that is intermixed with notions of brioche, honey, and toasted hazelnuts. This full-bodied, textured, and gorgeously rich white has a layered, structured mouth feel, beautiful focus, and rock star length on the finish. It can be consumed over the coming 3-4 years, or cellared for upwards of a decade."
Robert Parker 92
"Another superb effort is the 2011 Costieres de Nimes Lou Coucardie Blanc, a blend of Viognier, Roussanne and Bourboulenc. This remarkable white wine comes across like a Costieres de Nimes version of Beaucastel’s Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes. It possesses copious notes of marmalade, white peaches, honeyed apricots, caramelized citrus and touches of white flowers and quince. This medium to full-bodied, textured, rich wine should provide plenty of pleasure over the next several years."
Wine Spectator 91
"This fresh white has a creamy edge but a floral core, as lilting notes of honeysuckle and white flowers glide along, followed by an enticing chamomile hint on the finish. Very pure and pretty, with subtle persistence on the finish. Drink now. 450 cases made." ~ M