Mas de Daumas Gassac Cuvée Emile Peynaud 2007


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“Daumas Gassac wines owe their very being to Professor Emile Peynaud, so it’s only right that their greatest wine should be named in his honour. It’s a tribute to the man who taught us everything, the man who unveiled the art of creating a wine in the image of the great terroir that is the Gassac Valley.”

100% Cabernet Sauvignon from first vines planted in 1972, classic Medoc vinification, long fermentation and maceration, no filtration. Matured for 24 months in oak barrels, 12 months in new oak and 12 months in one and two year old barrels.

The ‘grands crus’ Mas de Daumas Gassac wines hail exclusively from the magical terroirs of the Gassac valley. The 50 hectares of vines flourish in half to one hectare sized glades, all surrounded by over 1500 hectares of the magnificent wild, Aniane garrigue forest. The land—made up of glacial dust and Lutetian era limestone—is truly unique: its life has never been threatened by modern chemical fertilizers, over 30 uncloned grape varieties have been planted by the Guibert family since 1971. Yields are naturally low (on average 37 hectolitres per hectare).

Jancis Robinson, June 2010:
“…Just about the only varieties that do not thrive there are Riesling and the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon. The pioneering Mas de Daumas Gassac’s special all-Cabernet 2007 Cuvée Emile Peynaud, named after their original Bordeaux consultant, is, however, a fine wine by any measure – as well it might be at nearly £100 a bottle, truly the exception that proves the rule about the modest prices for some top-quality wines from this extensive stretch of southern France.

  • Rich, complex, rare
  • 750 ml
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2030

Producer: Mas de Daumas Gassac

Famously referred to as "the Lafite Rothschild of the Languedoc” by the French gastronomic guide Gault & Millau “the only Grand Cru of the Midi” (Hugh Johnson) and “exceptional” (Robert Parker), family owned Mas de Daumas Gassac has consistently been the Languedoc gold standard for the past four decades.

Daumas Gassac brought new ideas to the Languedoc by farming organically, using low-yielding old clone vines and planting a multitude of grape varieties to build complexity in their wines. The 80-hectare estate which made its first vintage in 1978 with the assistance of the celebrated oenologist Émile Peynaud, is located deep in the sultry Midi, but enjoys a temperate microclimate as a result of altitude, which gives the wines a lovely deftness of touch. Samuel Guibert has overseen winemaking at Mas de Daumas Gassac since 2005, taking over from his father, Aimé and the estate, which unusually for the Languedoc makes a red dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon rather than indigenous grapes, has come to be seen as the first to demonstrate that a French non-appellation wine could command a price equivalent to that of a classed growth Bordeaux.

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