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Cercius 2016 Cotes du Rhone Rouge, France

Simply put, the bang-for-the-buck factor on this huge Rhone wine is way off the charts. Robert Parker has called this wine "one of the greatest Cotes du Rhones I have ever tasted" and you won't need more than one sip to see why. No matter the vintage, the Cercius is always loaded to the brim with big, sexy fruit, but it is never overpowering.

93 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "Michel commented that he’d made his best wines ever in 2016, and certainly the quality of the 2016 Côtes du Rhône Cercius, as well as the entire lineup, back up that statement. A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah that sells for a song, it offers outstanding notes of blackberries, black raspberries, violets and peppery garrigue in its rounded, sweetly fruit, incredibly satisfying profile. It’s another winner more than worth checking out."

 90 Points Robert Parker:  "A joint venture between Michel Gassier, Philippe Cambie and American importer Eric Solomon, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone is a full-bodied, lush example that shows just how sexy Grenache can be, even on a budget. The black cherry fruit comes in waves, showing just a bit of warmth on the finish. It should be ready to drink on release (this review is based on a tank sample) and be consumed over the next couple of years....

...Michel Gassier is receiving copious press (all positive and deservedly so) from French wine journalists, and he has been favorably reviewed in The Wine Advocate for nearly a decade. In this joint project with Philippe Cambie and Eric Solomon, he produces what may be his best value."

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