The Fleur de Syrah by Michel Gassier impresses with its intensity and balance. It grows in the AOP Costières de Nîmes, around the city of the same name in the south of the southern Rhône cultivation zone.
This wine has now also been converted to organic cultivation, like almost all of Gassier's wines. About a quarter of the harvest of this wine was fermented with whole grapes in order to achieve a more grippy structure. The other three quarters were destemmed, i.e. separated from the stalks before fermentation. 50% of the wine was aged in barriques for nine months, the rest was stored in steel tanks.
The Fleur de Syrah is very typical of this grape variety, which is noticeable in the fine peppery spice and the dark berry aroma, and it is also reminiscent of Mediterranean herbs, violets and a hint of liquorice. On the palate it is beautifully rich in extracts, but always in the best balance, in the long-lasting finale the intense aromas of the Syrah show up again. A very well done Costières de Nîmes at a really fair price.
|drink||now until 2026|
|analysis||14.5% alc. vol.; 4.9 g / l acid, 0.2 g / L residual sugar|
|wine maturing||50% in barriques, 50% in steeltanks|
|grape varieties||97% Syrah, 3% Grenache|
|reviews||90/100 James Suckling (2020 vintage)|
|Type||dry red wine|
Producer: Michel Gassier, Chemin des Canaux, 30132 Caissargues / France
Product from France - contains sulphites. FR-BIO-10