Lou Courcardié is the champion bull of the Course Camarguaise, the ancient sport of man against bull practiced in the Costières de Nîmes and the Languedoc. Unlike bull fighting in Spain, the bull is never harmed although those who face him frequently are! Michel Gassier has elected to use this name as an homage to not only these magnificent beasts but his finest efforts in the vineyard and cellar. Lou Coucardié Rouge is about 50% Mourvedre, a variety that Michel Gassier is championing in the Costières de Nîmes for its ability to produce elegant wines in even the ripest of vintages, with the remainder Grenache and Syrah.
More fresh, tight and backwards than the Nostre Païs, the 2014 Costières de Nîmes Lou Coucardié is a beautiful wine that’s made from 45% Mourvèdre, 35% Grenache and 20% Syrah that was aged in neutral barrels. It offers abundant notes of ripe black raspberries, toasted spice and crushed flowers, with a hint of classy oak, full-bodied richness and fine, polished tannin. The tannin quality is first rate, the oak is nicely balanced and integrated, and it has a great finish.
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