The very first Mas de Daumas Gassac (Languedoc, France)

>> Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The first vintage 1978, 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Pinot and Tannat. Back label. Domaine du Mas de Daumas Gassac. in Aniane. Languedoc. France. Europe. Bottle.


Languedoc, Mas de Daumas Gassac, Stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Mas de Daumas Gassac is perhaps one of the more famous wineries in the Languedoc. It is not far from a small town called Aniane. It was once considered a pioneer in the development of quality wines from the Languedoc region, a position that is perhaps less obvious today.

The story is quite well known, not least propagated by the estate itself, how a wealthy glove-maker, Aimé Guibert, from the Massif Central went to the Languedoc to buy a house for the family. They found the house that they named Mas de Daumas Gassac. A friend of theirs happened to be a geology professor at the wine university in Bordeaux, Henri Enjalbert. He is said to have looked at the soil (that was not at all used for wine growing at the time) and exclaimed that it was soil of similar quality to the Grand Crus in Burgundy. The Giberts started to plant vines to create their first vineyard. For some reason they planted cabernet sauvignon vines – in spite of the apparent link to Burgundy. They also enlisted the help of another great Bordelais professor, Emile Peynaud.

In 1978 they made their first wine, a cuvée made from 80% cabernet sauvignon. The wine was labelled as Vin de Table. At the time they were certainly a precursor in the move towards quality wines in the Languedoc, but today the innovation and initiative is has perhaps moved into the hands of many other producers.

Today Mas de Daumas Gassac makes a whole range of wines, both from their own vineyards and as négoiciants, from bought-in grapes: the Mas in red, white, sparkling rosé variant. The Moulin de Gassac range with a large number for different wine and some other products.

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