2010 Michel Gassier "Lou Coucardie" Blanc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even better is the blend of 50% Roussanne, 35% Viognier and the rest Grenache blanc, the 2010 Lou Coucardie blanc. Light gold, with intense honeyed, waxy, citrus blossom notes, hints of orange rind, lemon butter and white peach, extraordinarily fresh acids, a luscious texture, and a personality similar to Beaucastel’s famed 100% Roussanne cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape, this is a stunning wine for the price and should drink well for several years. These are two brilliant white wines from up-and-coming Costieres de Nimes producer Michel Gassier. His consultant is the irrepressible Philippe Cambie, who is, of course, a superstar for red wines, but can also turn a trick or two with some extraordinary whites. Both of these fascinating wines almost defy belief given their realistic pricing.
This barrel-fermented and -aged blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier is nicely balanced, blending oak and lees notes of spice and toasted nuts with pineapple and melon. Despite the reported alcohol level, it doesn’t seem hot at all, ending harmoniously and long. Drink up over the next year or so.
This has richness, but stays bright and pure, with delicious Cavaillon melon, green fig and yellow apple flavors laced with a floral note. Good underlying acidity carries the finish. Drink now through 2013.