EN PRIMEUR 2015 Rouge
AN ICONIC LANGUEDOC ESTATE
Created in the 1970’s by Aîmé and Véronique Guibert, this world-renowned Languedoc estate is situated in the Haut Vallée du Gassac, near Aniane. What makes Mas de Damas Gassac so special is its exceptional and unique terroir, which was originally discovered by the academic geographer, Henry Enjalbert. He found, on the côtes of the Arboussas hills, hidden away under the thick garrigue scrub, over 40 hectares of perfectly drained
soil, poor in humus and vegetable matter but rich in mineral oxide (especially iron and copper). Enjalbert drew a comparison with the soils found in the Côte d’Or in Burgundy and felt it would be ideal ground to plant a wide range of vine-types. From the early 1970’s, Aîmé Guibert started to plant uncloned Cabernet-Sauvignon vines, propagated from cuttings taken from some of the leading Médoc châteaux. In 1978, Bordeaux University’s renowned Professor of Oenology, Emile Peynaud, started to consult for Daumas Gassac and this also coincided with the production of the estate’s first red wine. Over the following years, Peynaud was to encourage Aîmé Guibert to plant a whole host of uncloned red and white grape varieties that had never been seen in the Languedoc. From the very start, Mas de Daumas Gassac went against the established rules and was released as a ‘Vin de Table’ (although, today, it has been elevated to IGP Pays d’Hérault status!). The vineyards
now cover just over 50 hectares and there are over 50 different varieties planted. As early as 1980, the red wines of Daumas Gassac were described as being “the Lafite of the Languedoc”.
2015 ROUGE EN PRIMEUR
Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 2015 Vintage: Samuel Guibert writes as follows: “Aimé Guibert used to say “Nature never repeats itself! Each year is quite unique!” The 2015 vintage is unique – in more ways than one … as it will never be forgotten in Daumas Gassac history, marking as it does the life of a man, a vigneron and his domaine. This is our thirty-eighth vintage that we have vinified and it is the last vintage seen by Aimé Guibert, who will go down in history as the founding father of Mas de Daumas Gassac, and the pioneer of fine wine in our region since the first vintage in 1978. Although it’s fifteen years since he passed responsibility over to me and taught me the art of vinifying Gassac wines, my father’s watchful eye has always been there … Today, I feel a certain emotion as I hold up a shimmering glass of 2015, my eye full of a lovely ruby red, whose highlights remind me of two historic years – 1978 and 2000. This vintage is majestic, with deliciously complex fruit and great body. In the mouth the finesse of the tannins stands out, as the perfect balance between strength and elegance. A truly royal treat! The 2015 is a timeless vintage. Drink it while it’s young to relish its elegant fruitiness, or put it down, knowing that in 7 or 15 years this wine will be truly superb, classy and complex. So I lift my glass to toast a man who, wherever he is, will continue to keep a watch over his vines and his barrels – thank you and bon voyage Aimé Guibert!”
[80% Cabernet-Sauvignon + 20% Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Tannat,
Petit Verdot, Carmenere and 10 other rare varieties)
£137.76 per 6 x 75cl. (Bottles)/ £149.97 per 3 x 150cl. (Magnums)
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Prices are quoted duty paid UK. All prices are exclusive of VAT, Payment is with order. All wines will be shipped during March 2017 and are packed in wooden boxes. Please let us know if you would prefer the wine to be stored under bond rather than delivered directly on arrival in the UK. In this instance, please deduct £12.54/case (ex. VAT) of 6 bottles or 3 magnums This offer is made on a first-come-first-served basis.