Tasting Note: 2009 Mas De Daumas Gassac


1. Introduction:
Mas de Daumas Gassac cultivates 40 ha (100 acres) of drained soil, which is poor in humus and vegetable matter, but rich in minerals, in a relatively cool spot of the Languedoc region.
Since their first vintage of red wine in 1978 the Guibert family has always seen wine as a natural product closely connected to its region of origin.
Consequently, no chemical fertilizers or synthetic means are used in the vineyard or winery.
Today, the wines are known for their acuteness, freshness and complexity.
While the Gault Millau Guide compared the wines stylistically with Chateau Lafite, Wine Spectator saw more similarities with Chateau Latour.
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The 2009 Mas De Daumas Gassac is a blend of 72,4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22(!) other varietals.
Bottle and cork are flawless. 30 minutes before we started tasting, the wine was gently decanted. 13,4% alc.

2. Appearance:
Deep dark ruby.
Vibrant and dense.

3. Nose:
Inviting aromatics of Cassis, Blackberry and Cherry with hints of Gooseberry (!) come along with beautiful Florals and a complex play of Herbs and Heather.
Fine Minerality, decent Freshness of Eucalypt and little Oak.
Intriguing, elegant and multi-faceted!

4. Taste:
Typical Cabernet-driven flavors of Dark Berries as well as Cherry.
Dark Chocolate, some Tobacco and Licorice.
Full-bodied with great density, but harmoniously balanced.
Vivid structure, with fine acidity and rugged, but approachable, tannins in a smooth and soft package.
Finishes long with force, present Dark Berry-Fruit and peppery, herbal Spiciness.
Fine complexity, depth and elegance!

5. Opinion:
Sophisticated power comes with tremendous elegance.
Delicious fruit, finesse and complexity make the package perfect!
A great wine to enjoy right now, but with potential to go the long way (20+ years).
And, due to its refinement and elegance, stylistically rather similar to Chateau Lafite than to Chateau Latour 😉