The vineyards of Provence stretch northward from the Mediterranean coast to
the so-called Maritime Alps above Nice and eastward toward the Italian border.
This is a region blessed with an average of 300 days of sunshine and remains
the global gold standard for the production of crisp, dry and refreshing Rosé.
Originally from Barcelonnette in southeastern France and part of the Provençal
nobility since 1421, the Gassier family and Château are now rooted in amongst
40 hectares of vines in the heart of the Arc Valley plain at the foot of Montagne
Sainte-Victoire lying to the north, also framed by the Regagnas hills and Aurelien
mountains to the south and east. The current vineyard property is managed by
the Baron Georges Gassier, heading up the fifth wine growing generation of the
family. Situated a few kilometers outside the charming and historically rich town of
Aix-en-Provence, this relatively unspoiled geography is now classified as natural
reserve (“Grand Site de France”) after having been made famous by noteworthy
artists such as the painter Cézanne, as well as, a favoured haunt of the writers:
Frenchman Emile Zola and the American Earnest Hemingway.
This salmon-pink tinged wine is a classic regional formula, blending Grenache
with Syrah and a splash of some Cinsault for added softness and bouquet. It
stands out as an excellent example of why this charming, though still challenged,
wine style continues to enjoy a renaissance of appreciation. Unfortunately, less
sophisticated North American versions promote the idea that Rosés are, by and
large, sweet and one-dimensional wines driving down consumption of this locally
made output. As for Provence’s sun-drenched bounty, the opposite is at work,
representing about 80% of its wine making – impressively accounting for almost
35% of all French Rosé wine production!
Bottled in the distinctively slender and shapely, curvy glass vessels known locally
as ‘flûte à corset’: derived as an association to the garment and its effect. In this
case, what’s not reined in is an abundance of summertime flavour. Buy several!
GASSIER SABLES D’AZUR ROSÉ 2013
VINTAGES – Product #33621 | 750 mL bottle
Price: $ 14.95
Wine, Rosé Wine
Sugar Content : XD
Made in: Provence, France
By: Château Gassier
Release Date: July 19, 2014
Fresh berries, peach and citrus zest dominate the aromas and flavours of this
dry and vibrant wine, accented with a delightfully crisp finish. It’s an excellent,
chilled apéritif or alongside pan-fried freshwater fish with lemon, sushi, stuffed
peppers, paella, prosciutto and summer salads.