Domaine Gassier Nostre Païs Grenache Blend 2017
- Textured, savoury
- Rhône Valley
Nostre Païs is an incredible expression of an organic and biodynamic grenache blend from Costières de Nîmes. It’s about half grenache with the additions of syrah, mourvèdre, carignan and cinsault. Domaine Gassier’s wine was listed in Jeb Dunnuck’s Top 100 reds of the year and for good reason. It’s pure of fruit, complex and smooth as silk. On the nose you’ll find blackberries and black cherries along with hints of hot stones. Once on the palate, the expression continues with cacao, dried herbs and graphite. The tannins are fine, making the wine ready to drink following a bit of aeration. Perfect for pairing, this wine will go with an assortment of cheeses, meats and earthy vegetables.
“I loved the 2017 Costières De Nîmes Nostre Païs, and I think it’s a step up over the 2018. Based on 55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Carignan, from the cooler, southern part of the appellation, it offers complex notes of sweet red and black fruits, ground herbs, incense, and peppery spice. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and layered, with sweet tannins, it would easily stand beside wines running 2-3 times the price in a blind tasting.”
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The Rhône Valley is a dichotomous beast. The North is ruled by Syrah (=Shiraz), with or without a touch of Viognier for perfume, while in the South you'll find all matter of blends such as those of Chateauneuf du Pape (about thirteen varieties in these on average, at last count...) and the origins of the GSM (heard of Côtes du Rhône?). The Northern Rhône is Australia's ultimate sparring partner in the 'we say Shiraz, you say Syrah' fencing match. With such famous names as Côtes-Rôtie, Gigondas and Crozes-Hermitage (remember when Grange was called Hermitage...?), you can bet your bottom dollar - and the few hundred that go with it - that you'll need to be ticking off a few of the better ones before you kick it. Don't discount the whites though. Some of the finest whites you'll ever try come from Condrieu (the most sensual Viognier you'll try, at a price), and the lesser (in cost, at least) blends, often based on Grenache Blanc or Viognier. And watch out for dry, Rhône rose - it's become so popular that the industry bodies are warning the region not to over-produce. Look out Kiwi Sav Blanc!