One of France’s most iconic vignerons, Aimé Guibert founded Mas de Daumas Gassac with his wife Véronique in the heart of the Hérault in the 1974. Often referred to as the ‘Grand Cru of the Midi’, Mas de Daumas Gassac became a cult wine from its first vintage in 1978.
This white wine is a blend of 25% viognier, 25% chardonnay, 25% petit manseng, 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 10 other rare grape varieties. It’s got lush ripe stone fruit notes with white flowers and hints of almond.
‘They have a big personality and are nothing like any other wine I know. Terms I would use to describe them are gastronomic, full-bodied, diverse flavours, plenty of fruit, rich, aromatic intensity, good extraction, fresh and lively, gentle sweetness, good length, complex. There is an intriguing balance between acidity, fruit and sweetness and the wines need to be understood to be fully appreciated.’ Richard Hemming MW (jancisrobinson.com, April 2018)