Chateau Gassier has 40 hectares of vines located in the Sainte-Victoire Cru in Puylouhier, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sainte Victoire (see map below). The rosé wines they make from this special terroir are among the best in Provence. We review the 2014 releases below.
The 300m altitude and limestone soils of the Sainte Victoire Cru contribute to the special freshness, depth and structure of the rosés made here. The Cru was officially recognized by INAO in 2014 and consists of just 417 ha of vines. Chateau Gassier is in the process of conversion to organic viticulture and will be fully certified in 2016. The winemaker is Guillaume Cordonis. Chateau Gassier is part of the large Advini Group majority owned by JeanJean of Languedoc and Laroche of Chablis. The US importer is Wilson Daniels.
Chateau Gassier 2014 Espirit Gassier Cotes de Provence ($20) 89 Pale pink eye of the partridge. Fresh, wild strawberries show on the nose. Excellent balance and red berry and guava flavor on a finely flavored, lightly viscous palate. Delicious. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, and Cabernet Sauvignon destemmed and cold-fermented. Chateau Gassier 2014 le Pas du Moine Cotes de Provence Sainte Victoire ($29) 90 The Pas du Moine is finely sculpted and balanced with bright berry and sour cherry notes, brilliant acidity, and a long, fine finish. An excellent, satisfying rosé. A blend of 8% Ugni Blanc, 32% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 10% Rolle, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Gassier 2014 946 Selection Parcellaire Cotes de Provence Sainte-Victoire ($55) 91+ Provence rosé at its very best with an effusive perfume with scents of rose water, dried red cherry, and watermelon. A superbly balanced wine that’s fresh, crisp, dry and refined with perfectly integrated oak. A blend of 10% Rolle, 45% Syrah, and 45% Grenache partly fermented in concrete and partly in 500L Stockinger wood barrels. [Stockinger is a 300 year old Austrian tonnellerie that specializes in larger format oak vats.]