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We Try Nostre Pais from Michel Gassier


These two selections from Michel Gassier recently hit the shelves at MacArthur Beverages.  Tasted over two nights they both are young wines which represent good value for the money.  The Nostre Pais Blanc shows more complexity right now and though rugged from youth, it is still attractive.  There is obviously a lot going on but it never hits you over the head, you realize it more as an afterthought.  The Nostre Pais Rouge is a bit more primary and structured.  It will really benefit from cellaring.  I am interested in trying both bottles again, they certainly received a lot of favorable reviews in the press, but if I must only recommend one then seek out the Nostre Pais Blanc.  The Rouge is currently available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 Michel Gassier, Nostre Pais, Blanc, Costieres de Nimes – $17
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 90% Grenache Blanc, 5% Roussanne, and 5% Viognier sourced from old vines on soils of rolled pebbles and red clay.  Half was fermented in barrels followed by six months of aging on the lees.  Alcohol 14%.  The color was a light to medium golden-yellow.  The light to medium strength nose revealed a yellow citrus core with complex floral aromas and almost Riesling-like fruit.  In the mouth the mouthfeel was not quite smooth.  There was barrel-like youth to the white, floral fruit which mixed with lemon notes.  It has a rough and tumble personality in the finish due to youth.  The wine was certainly mouth-filling with a long aftertaste which leaves acidity in the throat. There is a lot of flavor but it is never heavy.  *** 2015-2022.

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2010 Michel Gassier, Nostre Pais, Rouge, Costieres de Nimes – $17
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 30% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 20% Mourvedre, 15% Cinsault, and 5% Syrah sourced from old vines on soils of rolled pebbles and red clay.  It underwent malolactic fermentation with 50% aged for six months on the lees in French oak barrels.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose is light with a little red candy.  In the mouth there is bright red fruit which initially shows a lot of power with lots of flavor.  The complexity slowly builds in the mouth.  There is some heat in the finish where there are sweetish tannins on the lips, flavors of cinnamon, and barrel notes.  On the second day this showed better integration with air.  *** 2016-2022IMG_4696

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