Mas de Daumas Gassac 2018
Mas de Daumas Gassac is often referred to as the Grand Cru of the Midi (South of France), and its top-tier wines have reached international cult status. The estate benefits from the cool microclimate derived from the Gassac River, several natural springs (from which the Guibert family drinks), and the influence of the nearby mountains. The soil that dominates the valley is a rare and still unexplained red, powder-fine glacial soil, which is strikingly similar to that found in the prime areas of Burgundy. The first official vintage of the Grand Vin was 1978, with the help of the great Bordeaux enologist, Emile Peynaud. The red has a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (around 75%) with the remainder a mix of many different varietals planted on the property. There was natural farming here for a thousand years before the Guibert family established the vineyard. Today, they maintain the same organic approach to preserve nature'sbalance. The wine itself is a revelation, with layers of herbs, minerals, cassis, red berry fruit, and soft tannins.
VM93: The 2018 Rouge opens with a burst of sweet red and purplish fruit that is immediately alluring. Medium in body and silky, the 2018 impresses with its understated finesse and total class. The 2018 can be enjoyed today for its primary fruit, but I would prefer to cellar it for a few years to gain a bit more nuance. It is such a pretty and effusive wine. Bright acids and persistent tannins, both Gassac signatures, linger.