Vinous Media 90
"Vivid orange-pink. High-pitched strawberry, peach and jasmine scents are complemented by building floral and herb nuances. Silky and energetic on the palate, offering fresh red berry and pit fruit flavors and a hint of bitter orange pith. Finishes silky and precise, displaying very good persistence and a repeating floral note."
Josh Raynolds, August 14, 2019
Wine name: Esprit Gassier is the Gassier Spirit that combines the exceptional terroir of the Sainte-Victoire region with Ctes de Provence varietals to produce a wine that expresses the familys passion, expertise and creativity. The beautiful label, designed by a local artist, is silk-screened on the bottle to create a striking package.
Grape varietals: 50 Grenache, 30 Cinsault, 15 Syrah, 5 Rolle
Appellation: Ctes de Provence
Vineyards: Chteau Gassier is situated 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from Aix en Provence, at the foot of Mount Sainte Victoire. Its 40 hectares (98.84 acres) benefit from an ideal location in the heart of the Arc Valley, protected by Sainte-Victoire in the north, the Regagnas hills in the south and the Aurlien mountains to the east. The vineyards are at 330 meters (1,082 feet) with a southern exposure. Esprit Gassier is sourced from a blend of neighboring parcels surrounding the estate vineyards of Chteau Gassier.
Soil: Clay and limestone pebbles and sand caused by erosion of Mount Sainte Victoire
Vine density / training: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,619 vines/acre); Cordon de Royat
Harvest: Started end of August, with fine weather; fruit was picked at peak of ripeness Pressing: Cold direct pressing, skin contact during filling of the press
Fermentation: In stainless steel at a low temperature of 14 C (57.2 F) and then 18 C (64.4 F) at the end of fermentation
Maturation: In stainless steel for 2 months
Fining and filtration: Bentonite fining and tangential filtration
Appearance: Hints of pale peach
Nose: Notes of almond flowers, clementine and white fruits
Palate: This wine is round, gourmet and suave. The final is lightly acidulous. There are aromas of clementine at the end.
Food pairing: To be served with tempura of shrimps, sushi or scallops
Location – In the Heart of a Spectacular Landscape
The estate vineyards of Château Gassier, located at an altitude of 330 meters (1,083 feet), benefit from an ideal location in the heart of the Arc Valley, protected by Mount Sainte-Victoire immediately to the north (the rocky peak painted repeatedly by Cézanne, who lived nearby in the 1880s), the Regagnas hills in the south and Mont Aurélien to the east. Acknowledged as an appellation in its own right in 2005, the vineyard area of Sainte-Victoire is viewed as one of the most unspoiled in France. It has been classified as a natural reserve "Grand Site de France," an area that is conserved and managed following sustainable development practices.
Soil and Grape Varietals – The Terroir of Château Gassier
In order to gain a better knowledge of their terroir and define the most beneficial affinity between soil composition and grape variety, Gassier has dug 17 deep, pedological cavities. ("Pedology" is "soil science.") Gassier has identified four main terroirs on the estate:
• To the west, the soil is silty sand, ideal for Syrah.
• To the south, the dry and rocky land with little depth is planted to Grenache and Rolle.
• To the east, the base of the slopes is deep and rocky, perfect for Cinsault.
• To the north, the clay and limestone soil overlays a sandstone slab which is best for Grenache.
Harvest and Vinification
The harvest takes place very early in the morning to retain the freshness in the grapes. The grapes are then destemmed and vinified by direct press and a brief pellicle maceration. The recent investments in equipment allow Gassier to keep the grapes separated from oxygen during pressing, thereby preserving the aromas, which give an outstanding fruitiness to the wines.
Sustainable Farming – Château Gassier's Commitment
In 2010, Château Gassier decided to take the first steps towards organic viticulture. Since then, parcel after parcel, the land has been worked without chemicals, and all viticultural practices follow EU rules for organic certification.