Robert Parker 93
"I know some readers will find it hard to believe, but the 2011 Nostre Pais Blanc’s aromas and rich, honeyed, full-bodied texture reminded me of the famous white Chateauneuf du Pape made by Beaucastel, which sells for three or more times the price. An amazing blend of 90% Grenache Blanc, 5% Roussanne and 5% Viognier aged six months in French oak, the Roussanne component jumps from the glass, offering notes of acacia flowers, honeysuckle, white peach, quince and pineapple. The flamboyant, intense aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, exuberant, dry white wine that must be tasted to be believed. I suspect this offering has some aging potential, but why risk it given how beautiful it is showing at present. I recommend consuming it over the next several years."
Rhone Report 93
"A knockout white (as well as an absurd value) that needs to be on everyone's short list of wines to seek out, the 2011 Michel Gassier Costieres-de-Nimes Nostre Pais Blanc is a blend of 90% Grenache Blanc, 5% Roussanne, and 5% Viognier, with half being aged and fermented in barrel. It delivers fantastic aromatics of grilled peach, citrus, and lime-laced qualities supported by richer notions of brioche, vanilla, and a touch of herb. Every bit as good on the palate, with a full-bodied, beautifully structured mouth feel that gains richness and depth with air, this juicy, fresh, and very long white needs to be purchased by the case. It will drink well for 3-5 years, if not longer."
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With encyclopedic knowledge of the wines and terroirs of the Rhône, as well as of his native Costières de Nîmes, Michel Gassier is a restless and innovative vigneron. Inquisitive personalities like Michel's typically start as outsiders, enfants terribles, iconoclasts. However, such is not the case with Michel, whose family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Costières de Nîmes for four generations. Together with his wife Tina, they are helping to establish a new level of quality for Costières de Nîmes without forsaking the uniqueness of their terroir.
Land, culture and family; these are the keys to such a powerful legacy. The Gassier family strives to live in harmony with nature to achieve a personal equilibrium and give meaning to their own lives. They honor their Mediterranean roots that have fostered and nurtured their humanitarian principles. And finally, they rely on and use their family as a support system. "We are but a link in a chain, receiving and then transmitting, following the path of generations past. Solidarity, love, commitment and love nurture the human spirit to tackle even the most ambitious projects."