posted by Mosiac Wine Imports, 10 December 2015
This famous Languedoc estate occupies an important place in the history of French wine. Back in the 1970s Mas de Daumas Gassac showed the world that serious wine could be made in the Languedoc, which at that time was fully given to plonk production. In the wake of Daumas Gassac a sizeable band of quality producers have emerged, making high-quality authentic expressions of various Languedoc terroirs.
At the heart of this famous domaine is the godfather of Languedoc’s greatest crus, Aimé Guibert. Today, Aimé’s son Gaël is responsible for the care of the vines. Samuel, Aimé’s eldest son, now directs the winemaking at the estate.
Aimé and his wife purchased the land in 1971, and under the mentorship of famous Bordeaux enologist Emile Peynaud, they set about growing and bottling the Languedoc’s first great cult wine, in spite of their wines’ humble appellation of Vin de Pays de l’Hérault. Unusually for Languedoc wines, Cabernet Sauvignon is the key grape here.
Variously described as the “Lafite in the Languedoc” (Gault & Millau), “the only Grand Cru of the Midi” (Hugh Johnson) and “exceptional” (Robert Parker), the final wines have tremendous ageing potential.
Moulin de Gassac Classic Red 2012
Moulin offers a good opportunity to experience some of the magic of the Mas du Daumas Gassac estate at a fraction of the cost of their world-renowned cuvées.
Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 2011
A most promising and pleasing Gassac; the children are now finally making wine in the style of father Aimé.