Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc
Famous for its Grands Vins, the Mas de Daumas Gassac has been a family owned vineyard for more than 40 years and belongs to the Guibert family. It is set in a wild and enchanting valley, close the magnificent romanesque abbey of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. 50 hectares of a deep, well drained soil, free from any chemical fertilisers.
It is this fabulous terroir, similar to the best parts of Burgundy, that Henri Enjalbert, the great Professor of Geology at Bordeaux university, rediscovered in the 1970’s.A delicate piece of music! A gentle, nurturing climate has given it richness and balance. The winter was cold but not freezing, without any snow. It was followed by a spring with just the right amount of rain, resulting in a vigorous start to the growth cycle. 2020 was characterized by mild conditions, from pruning to bud break, and then from flowering to the harvest. There were no heatwaves or excessive spikes in temperature over the summer, with an average of 28°C during the day and magical, cool nights (10°-12°C) in the Gassac Valley. Finally, a perfectly-timed storm on 15 August, a stroke of luck they have not had since 2012, turned the vintage into something genuinely exceptional. By the 1st October, vinification of the red and white grand vins was complete, and as they tasted them during this process, a “classicism” emerged, reminiscent of the property’s early vintages.
"28% Viognier, 23% Petit Manseng, 20% Chardonnay, 12% Chenin Blanc, 17% 'rare varieties'. From a cool microclimate in Larzac. Pale gold. Awkward, at first – needed lots of air. (To be honest, this wine needs lots more time…) So young and unformed, but very intense. This is fisted into a white-knuckled ball of concentration, still angular, but even so, it's a kaleidoscope of layers, flavours, components. The ripeness of golden Cape gooseberries and apricots pushes through clouds of May blossom and angelica flower. Grapefruit and passion fruit, bitter-salty quinine, linden and mimosa florals, honey, wax and lime. On the finish, cardamom and white pepper and chalk linger, dry and insistent. A wine that, even in its cocoon, has weight and presence. When I taste this wine, it feels like a heavy pewter spoon, tarnished into worn beauty, cold, pressed into warm wax, laid on bronze silk. Buy this wine, tuck it into a far corner of the cellar, come back to it in three, four, five years' time. (TC)" 17+ pts, Jancis Robinson
"25% each of Viognier, Chardonnay and Petit Manseng with 15% Chenin Blanc and 10% other grape varieties including Courbu from Bearn, Petite Arvine from Valais, Rhole from Provence, Marsanne from the Rhone valley and ten other rare grape varieties. After up to a week’s skin maceration, and post fermentation the wines then sees a brief two to four months ageing in stainless steel prior to bottling. When youthful there is a very exotic, hard to place perfume which transcends varieties and vintage, at once herbal, dried oregano, and fresh lemon thyme, similarly the fruit meanders between yellow plum and heritage pear skin, to more tropical - dried papaya, but there are malty, autolytic, woodsmoke and sweeter pie crust notes too. A wine confident enough in the sum of its parts not to be pigeon-holed. The palate shows sweeter peach cobbler, cinnamon, and cream, yellow apple, and just enough acidity to avoid being cloying. A real one-off, this is definitely a wine to get you talking." Tom Harrow, Wine Guru
"The 2020 Mas de Daumas Gassac White is so complex it’s hard to pin down what makes me love it. Blended chiefly from Viognier, Petit Manseng and Chardonnay, it also boasts another dozen varieties including Amigne, Tchilar, Khondorni and Neheleschol (nope, nor me). Despite a gorgeous hit of fresh apricot, baked apple and quince in the mouth, it finishes perfectly dry and just goes on and on, so multi-layered and fulfilling is it." Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
|Grower||Mas de Daumas Gassac|
|Duty Paid / In Bond||Duty Paid|
|Grape||Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Marsanne, Viognier|
|Wine Type||White wines|
|Wine Style||Fragrant White|
|Drinkability||Early in drinking window|
Mas de Daumas Gassac
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