Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 2012, maturing vintage Iconic natural wine from the Languedoc. We have limited bottles of this special vintage of Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge. The year started with a cold, dry winter, followed by a fresh, rainy spring. The vines took their time to develop and flowering was a fortnight to three weeks later than in 2011, and much the same for ripening. July was cool and dry, followed by a reasonably warm but still dry month of August. So a lean year but into the harvest the fruit was in very condition and the harvest which started on Sept 3rd stayed dry. Very often leaner vintages make for good ageing with the acidity and tannins helping the wine to mature nicely.
What to say about these wines. Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge is a veritable ‘vin de garde’ if ever there was one. About this rare 2012, they say….
‘Finesse, power, length and mouthwateringly rounded, thoroughly enjoyable and seductive. Aromas simply explode, red berries, over-ripe autumnal figs, elegant vinosity lifted by rich tannins and fine savours of chocolate and truffle. Exquisite!’
Flippin heck, they make it sound good. Very limited number of bottles so we haven’t tasted it as yet….we will have to see if there is any left.
|Mas De Daumas Gassac
|Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other local variety, Syrah/Shiraz, Tannat
|The vines growing on a deep, well-drained soil formed by glacial deposits.
|The vinification for the red wines is similar to that in Médoc; long fermentation (three weeks), ageing in wooden casks, light fining with egg whites and no filtering.
|Another 10 years plus
|Blue Cheese, Red Meat, Rich Sauces