Château Gassier

Provence, France

Esprit Gassier, Côtes de Provence – 2019

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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): Started end of August, with fine weather; fruit was picked at peak of ripeness
  • 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 2 months
    • Filtration: Tangential filtration
    • Fining: Bentonite fining
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 40% Grenache, 31% Syrah, 12% Cinsault, 6% Semillon, 5% Rolle, minimal blend of Cabernet, Carignan, Tibouren, Mourvèdre and Clariette
    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • A very clear Rosé with lychee shades. Notes of almond flowers with peach notes. The wine is pleasant and generous with a round body, great freshness and long lasting aromas reminiscent of fresh almond and redcurrant.



  • Château Gassier Esprit Gassier, Côtes de Provence — 2019 – Vinous – 90 Points

    Limpid orange pink. Bright and sharply focused on the nose, displaying fresh red berry, pit fruit and orange zest aromas. Silky and precise on the palate, offering juicy strawberry and nectarine flavors and a hint of blood orange. Shows good depth but comes off lithe, closing with a very good, minerally persistence.

  • Château Gassier Esprit Gassier, Côtes de Provence — 2019 – The Tasting Panel – 91 Points

    Robust salmon-pink hue; dry, crisp, and aromatic, with fresh, lively flavors of strawberry culminating in a long finish. Charming, balanced, and elegant.

  • Château Gassier Esprit Gassier, Côtes de Provence – 2019 – Wine & Spirits – 90 Points

    Esprit comes from the vineyards at the foot of Mount Sainte Victoire. A blend of grenache, cinsault, syrah and rolle, it offers more flavor than the pale pink color predicts: Bright, limey acidity and wild-strawberry notes are underlined by the savor of wet stone and garrigue. It’s ready to pair with an herb omelet.

  • Château Gassier Esprit Gassier, Côtes de Provence – 2019 – The Tasting Panel – 91 Points

    A lush blend of four Rhône varieties, pale pink, dry and juicy, deep and generous; tangy and delightful, from one of the region’s top producers.