“Le Pas du Moine” is “the path of the monk,” a reference to the footpath leading to an ancient priory on the south-facing slope of Mount Sainte Victoire, the mountain known as the guardian of the spirits of Provence and defining the northern boundary of the appellation. The mountain is also famous for its influence on Paul Cézanne’s post impressionism transition to Cubism.
Château Gassier is situated 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) to the east of Aix en Provence, at the foot of Mount Sainte Victoire. Its 40 hectares (98.84 acres) benefit from an ideal location in the heart of the Arc Valley, protected by Sainte-Victoire in the north, the Regagnas hills in the south and the Aurélien mountains to the east. The vineyards are at 330 meters (1,082 feet) with a southern exposure.
Organically farmed Grenache planted in 1982 and 2000; Syrah in 1992 and 2003 on clay and limestone pebbles and sand caused by erosion of Mount Sainte Victoire. 50% blend of each varietal is fermented and then aged in concrete for 3 months. The 2018 sees a small inclusion of Rolle and Ugni Blanc in the blend.
We love the classic Mediterranean garrigue-like aromas that combine with nectarine and strawberry fruit…..”Produced from organically grown grapes, this crisply textured wine is grown in the cru vineyards of Mont Saint-Victoire. Its lively acidity is enhanced by the inclusion of some white grapes in the blend. Drink now.” 91 points, Wine Enthusiast