Michel Gassier is the fourth generation of his family to operate Château de Nages in Costières de Nîmes. His great-great grandfather Joseph Torres, an Algerian national, bought the estate during World War Two. The Gassier’s vineyards are located at the most southern part of the Rhône Valley, close to the azure shores of Meditteranean Sea. Planted to traditional Rhône varieties, the vines exist within the Natura 2000 European Union protected zone. A man deeply attached to the land, Michel describes himself as a “peasant-researcher”. Prior to managing the family estate, Michel worked for the French agricultural attache in Washington D.C. and for a wine distributor in New York and New Jersey. When his father retired in 1993, Michel returned to the family business with his American wife Tina. He quickly introduced organic viticulture and expanded his holdings. Never afraid to tackle new challenges, Michel has also collaborated with winemaker Philippe Cambie to produce two other Rhône-style blends called Cercius. Michel is the ideal example of a modern-traditionalist.
Here is how Domaine Gassier describes their Syrah “Dark ruby in colour, the nose is elegant and intense, it is alluring with rich violet, blood orange, pepper & liquorice and Garrigue spices, and the palate is rich and harmonious, the complexities of the aromas play out progressively. Its fresh finish with hints of red fruits and rhubarb reveals delicate and superbly ripe tannins.”