The Costieres de Nimes is the most southerly appellation of the Rhone wine region in southeastern France. The wines of the area were enjoyed by the Ancient Greeks and are among the oldest known wines in the world. Abundant sunshine ensures the grapes achieve optimum ripeness while the cool, northern Mistral wind from the upper Rhone Valley moderates the heat and preserves natural acidity.
Michel Gassier says he sees himself as "peasant-researcher." This humble man is deeply attached to the land where he grew up. Working the vineyards for as long as he can remember, he revels in helping the terroir to express itself.
The researcher side of him leads him to continually evaluate and update best practices in the vineyard and in the winery with the goal of producing the most delicious and complex wines. He considers each wine a unique creation that requires its own approach in the vineyards, the winery and the cellar.
Concerned about the longevity of the vineyards, Gassier practices massale selection. This entails taking grafts from very old vines that have survived for more than 80 years. This choice is more expensive and less productive, but improves the vine's resilience and results in high quality grapes.
The vineyards are organically farmed and Glassier has also returned to bush-vine training of the Grenache and Mourvedre. This technique dates back to the Romans and means a commitment to hand-harvesting only. It is particularly adapted to the climate by allowing a constant aeration and protection from the sun.
The attention to detail and care in the vineyards is evident. Nostre Pais is a delicious, fruit-forward wine which shows purity of fruit with a delicious and lush palate feel. This wine delivers a lot of enjoyment for less than $18 and represents an outstanding value. Enjoy!
JEB DUNNUCK 93 POINTS - "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."