2011 Gassier Nostre Pais Rouge
black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, licorice, anise, violet, oak, smoke, toast, vanilla and musk
vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, violet, rose petal, oak, mushroom, thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, mint, game, tar and dust
"Convinced of the exceptionality of their Rhone Valley appellation, Michel Gassier and his wife Tina have acquired parcels for the uniqueness of their terroir. Privileging vineyards that hold an expression of freshness, farming them organically, and with a minimalist approach in the winery, they create wines that are an intimate, original expression of their soils and varietals. Bottled under the name Michel Gassier, these vineyards produce wines of balance, freshness and minerality." -Importer
"'This new cuvee represents our search for elegance, purity, and mineral/terroir expression. In order to privilege the complexity of our terroir, grape ripeness is not pushed to the outer limits, sorting is drastic, oak aging is kept to a minimum, and blending includes all 5 varieties of the appellation. Our winemaking style is as non interventionist as possible.'" -Michel Gassier, Winemaker
This was also rated 89 points by the Wine Spectator.