Michel Gassier is a restless and innovative vigneron. Usually inquisitive personalities like Michel start as outsiders, enfants terribles, iconoclasts. Such is not the case with Michel, whose family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Costieres de Nîmes for four generations. Together with his wife Tina, they are helping to establish a new level of quality for Costieres de Nîmes without forsaking the uniqueness of their terroir. They have achieved this through nurturing their land, farming organically, promoting biodiversity, and respecting their employees as much as their vines. They are proponents of indigenous varieties and taking advantage of the diversity of climats to make wines that are dense and pure but elegantly balanced. Cercius is made in partnership with Eric Solomon and Philippe Cambie from several sites throughout the Rhône valley. Nostre Païs is the epitome of the terroir of the Costieres de Nîmes while Lou Coucardié represents the aspirations of Michel and Tina through conversation with the land and its history.
Wine AdvocateWhat I think is one of the best values year in, year out, is the 2014 Vin de France Cercius Blanc -- a blend of 65% Grenache Blanc, 25% Sauvignon and 10% Roussanne that spent three months in concrete tanks, on lees. The Roussanne is a new component and was added to bring a touch more flesh and richness. Medium-bodied, clean with bright acidity and good texture, it has lots of buttered grapefruit, sappy herbs, mint and hint of passion fruit. Drink this beauty over the coming year or two.