2011 Michel Gassier "Cercius Vieilles Vignes" Côtes du Rhone Villages Visan Rouge
Made from a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, from 80+ year vines, that is aged for 6 months in concrete tank, the 2011 Michel Gassier Cercius is a lush, decadent offering that delivers loads of black raspberry and blackberry styled fruit that is intermixed with notions of licorice, rolled stone, roasted garrigue, and hints of leather on the nose. Layered, fresh, and beautifully textured, with a full-bodied, rich feel in the mouth that never seems heavy, this absolutely knockout Côtes du Rhône is a candidate for a multi-case purchase, and will deliver the goods for 4-6 years. Do not let the price tag fool you, this is a gorgeous wine that will stand up to any number of more prestigious and expensive bottlings.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Ripe dark berries and woodsmoke on the perfumed nose. Lush and creamy in texture, offering sweet blackberry and cherry flavors lifted by a spicy element. Finishes sappy and broad, with gentle tannins and subtle anise and cola qualities. No shortage of fruit here.
Rather ripe, with linzer torte, melted licorice and steeped cherry notes, backed by singed anise on the finish. Almost jammy, but this holds together in the end. Grenache and Syrah. (Web Only-2013)