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2012 Michel Gassier "Cercius" Vieilles Vignes Côtes du Rhone Rouge

SKU #1194597 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A joint venture between Gassier, Philippe Cambie, and importer Eric Solomon, the 2012 Cercius Vieilles Vignes is a year in, year out ridiculous value that also drinks well past its humble price point. Comprised of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah that was aged for 6 months in concrete, it has loads of raspberry, licorice, mineral and Provencal herbs as well as a soft, supple and silky textured feel on the palate. Coming from old Grenache vines (70-90 years in age) located on the Plateau de Domazan - which lies on the right bank of the Rhone river, just west of Avignon and bottled unfined and unfiltered, it is a quintessential Cotes du Rhone that will deliver the goods for 4-5 years, possibly longer. The leading estate in the potential rich Costieres de Nimes region, these knockout wines are made by the talented Michel Gassier, who is leading the way in this appellation and showing what’s possible when you focus on quality. Both the 2011s (which are as good, if not better than his 2010s) and 2012s are incredibly strong here. (JD) Inner quote mark (12/2013)

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/15/2015 | Send Email
One of the most satisfying Rhone wines I have tasted in a long while, the Cercius offers rich notes of strawberry jam, currant jelly and roasted plums. It has a ripe and full mouthfeel without being heavy or over the top. Pure classic in the making that will reward immediate drinking or a year or two away in the cellar. Cases a must!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2015 | Send Email
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One of my perennial favorite value wines is the Michel Gassier “Cercius” Vieilles Vignes Cotes du Rhone. I look forward every year to tasting this outstanding value and the 2012 may be their best vintage to date. Loaded with aromas of marzipan, coffee, spice and plum the 2012 Gassier deftly rolls to a palate of bitter chocolate, graphite, licorice and black raspberry flavors with silky tannins and a lush, long finish. Bravo! Another fantastic value that over-delivers for its meager price-point. Fans of full-bodied, well-made red wines that are affordable can rejoice as they toast a glass to this wonderful producer.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2019

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