Château Gassier

Provence, France

Esprit Gassier, Côtes de Provence – 2015

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  • Introduction

    • “Esprit Gassier” is the “Gassier Spirit” that combines the exceptional terroir of the Sainte-Victoire region with Côtes de Provence varietals to produce a wine that expresses the family’s passion, expertise and creativity. The beautiful label, designed by a local artist, is silk-screened on the bottle to create a striking package.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Château Gassier is situated 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from Aix en Provence, at the foot of Mount Sainte Victoire. Its 40 hectares (98.84 acres) benefit from an ideal location in the heart of the Arc Valley, protected by Sainte-Victoire in the north, the Regagnas hills in the south and the Aurélien mountains to the east. The vineyards are at 330 meters (1,082 feet) with a southern exposure. Esprit Gassier is sourced from a blend of neighboring parcels surrounding the estate vineyards of Château Gassier.

    • Appellation: Côtes de Provence
    • Soil: Clay and limestone pebbles and sand caused by erosion of Mount Sainte Victoire
    • Density: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,619 vines/acre)
    • Training: Cordon de Royat
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): September 3-9 in fine weather
    • Yields: 50 hl/ha (3.7 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Pressing: Cold direct pressing, skin contact during filling of the press

    • Fermentation: In stainless steel at a low temperature of 14 C (57.2 F) and then 18 C (64.4 F) at the end of fermentation
    • Aging: In stainless steel for 3 months
    • Filtration: Tangential filtration
    • Fining: Bentonite fining
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 35% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 25% Syrah, 10% Rolle
    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • A very clear rosé with shades of peach; floral nose with white and yellow fruit notes (peach, apricot, pear); in the mouth, round and delicate with notes of white peach, mandarin and grapefruit.

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Reviews

  • Esprit Gassier, Côtes de Provence – 2016 – 90 points – James Suckling

    “Aromas of dried peaches, green apples and pears follow through to a full body, layered and rich fruit and a flavorful finish. Savory."

  • Esprit Gassier, Côtes de Provence – 2015 Silver Medal – Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition

  • Esprit Gassier, Côtes de Provence – 2015 – 90 points – Vinous

    “… Energetic, sharply focused red berry and orange zest scents, along with a hint of fresh white flowers. Delicate and precise, offering nervy strawberry and blood orange … a long, juicy finish that shows good clarity and cut...”

  • Esprit Gassier, Côtes de Provence – 2015 – 91 points, Top Rated – International Wine Review

    “Pale blush pink. Showing floral scents of roses and red berries, this is an elegant, flavorful rosé with excellent acid balance and a lingering cherry-tinged finish. Very good.”

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