A joint project of Michel Gassier, Philippe Cambie and Eric Solomon, Cercius is the Latin name for the winds that originate in the mountainous Massif Central to the northwest of the Costieres de Nimes. Combined with the thermal breezes from the Mediterranean, the Cercius moderates the terroirs where Michel Gassier farms his white grape varieties. Cercius Blanc is a blend of Grenache Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc (hence the Vin de France designation), which is fermented in concrete tanks and aged for a few month before release.
The energetic Michel Gassier has been a leading ambassador for the Costieres de Nimes for the past decade, traveling the world to promote his home region and his myriad of wines. In addition to the wines under the Michel Gassier label, he’s the winemaker for his family estate, Chateau de Nages, and partners in several joint ventures: Halos de Jupiter (with Philippe Cambie), Le Fervent (with Cambie and Chateau Ste. Michelle) and Cercius (with Cambie and Eric Solomon). -Joe Czerwinski, WA
With encyclopedic knowledge of the wines and terroirs of the Rhone as well as his native Costieres de Nimes, Michel Gassier is a restless and innovative vigneron. Usually inquisitive personalities like Michel start as outsiders, enfants terribles, iconoclasts. Such is not the case with Michel, whose family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Costieres de Nimes for four generations. Together with his wife Tina, they are helping to establish a new level of quality for Costieres de Nimes without forsaking the uniqueness of their terroir. They have achieved this through nurturing their land, farming organically, promoting biodiversity, and respecting their employees as much as their vines. They are proponents of indigenous varieties and taking advantage of the diversity of climats to make wines that are dense and pure but elegantly balanced. Cercius is made in partnership with Eric Solomon and Philippe Cambie from several sites throughout the Rhone valley. Nostre Pais is the epitome of the terroir of the Costieres de Nimes while Lou Coucardie represents the aspirations of Michel and Tina through conversation with the land and its history.