2011 Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge

2011 Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge

Red, Ready, but will improve   Red | Ready, but will improve | Mas de Daumas Gassac | Code: 16625 | 2011 | France > Vin de Pays > Vin de Pays d'Oc > VdP de l'Herault | Other Varieties | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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JANCIS

16.5+/20

JANCIS - 80% Cabernet Sauvignon. Still very youthful nose (to be fair, the back label suggests three to five years old for drinking young but up to 25 years for drinking it 'en majesté'. Dark crimson with more than a suggestion of warm earth underlying the Cabernet structure. Interesting wine with real depth but no excess of sweetness nor alcohol. Halfway between claret and La Pèira? It would be a waste to drink something so embryonic now but it certainly seems to have potential. Just a bit inky on the finish at the moment. Drink 2016-2028.
16.5+ points, Jancis Robinson, December 2013

OLLY_SMITH - This world-famous red is packed with meaty Cabernet Sauvignon, supported by an unusual blend of grapes ranging from Pinot Noir to Dolcetto. It’s hypnotic, delicious, elegant and powerful – savour every sip.

Olly Smith - Mail on Sunday - 07-Dec-2013

The Story

Mas de Daumas Gassac

Producer

Mas de Daumas Gassac

Famously described as the ‘First Growth of the Languedoc’, Mas De Daumas Gassac remains unique in the region. 

The world-famous red is an intriguing blend of Cabernet Sauvignon along with a mix of indigenous and more unusual varieties from the south of France, such as Grenache, Cinsualt and Tempranillo. Mas De Daumas Gassac Blanc is a similarly fascinating blend of grape varieties, with Chardonnay and Viognier taking centre stage. Lauded across the wine world, not for nothing is this Domaine named the Lafite of the Languedoc.

Grape

Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

Region

VdP de l'Herault

Hérault is a Vin de Pays (Départementaux) French wine appellation, that encompasses vineyard area from the eponymous Hérault department in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. Hérault is surrounded by the departments of Aude, Tarn, Aveyron, Gard, and the Mediterranean sea on the south. 

The reputation of Hérault received its biggest boost by the success of the wine domaine Mas de Daumas Gassac, located to the north of Montpellier. Aimé Guibert, the founder of the domaine, planted an eccentric mixture of vines on fine, volcanic soil that was identified by oneologist Emile Peynaud to be capable of producing wines of Cru standard. 

Plots of lands like this are rare in Hérault, but the ever-improving wine-making and the proliferation of international varieties deliver wines of excellent quality that compare very well with the DO appellation wines nearby. Syrah, Cab. Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache are the dominant red wine grapes, while Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Marsanne and Viogner are the main white varietals.

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