Michel Gassier ‘Cercius’ Cotes du Rhone ‘Vieilles Vignes’ 2010

Grenache from France - Rhone
Review Date : 12-Oct-2012
85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, from vines up to 80 y.o. A cuvee created by Michele Gassier, oenologist Philippe Cambie and U.S. importer Eric Solomon. Dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues on edge. The nose is subdued and tight, with slender dark raspberry Grenache fruit, hints of spice and minerals and pepper, quite up-front and primary in expression. Full-bodied at 15.0% alc., this is powerful and solidly concentrated with flavours of raspberry liqueur and spice notes that seem brooding and restrained. Fine, drying and grainy tannins line the palate, providing cut and elegance to the alcoholic generosity, and the acidity is in the background. The wine has a moderately sustained finish based on gentle textures and subtly sweet fruit. Full-bodied and generous in power, the fruit of the Cotes du Rhone is well-ripened but reserved at present. Serve with roasted red meat dishes over the next 5+ years. 17.5-/20 Oct 2012 RRP $20.50

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