Mas de Daumas Gassac, Vin de Pays (IGP) de l’Herault, Languedoc, France, 2007
A blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon and unspecified others, matured in oak, natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, Wijnkoperij Okhuysen, Küppersweg 19, 2031 EA Haarlem, The Netherlands, about €30
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, developing, with a rich slightly high-toned opening aroma of black fruits – blackberry and bilberry, then lesser black currant, with a hint of herbaceousness, boiled black sweets, stewed red currant, liquorice, cedar – which becomes stronger with time, a nutty nuance, and smoke.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, smooth yet grippy medium (+) tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, of medium (+) intensity, with flavours of sweet ripe bilberry and blackberry, boiled blackcurrant sweets, over-ripe red cherry, with a hint of violets, dried herbs and cedar. A long length with a clean fresh blackberry infused grippy finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, nicely balanced, quite complex, with good acidity and tannic structure, which are harmonious with the intensity of flavour. Ripe fruit flavours dominate initially, opening out to maturing tertiary notes, amongst others, of cedar, smoke and dried herbs. The aroma and flavour palettes continue to evolve in glass, with a long length dominated by black fruit, supported by a complementary cedary note. This wine is ready to drink now, and should continue to develop over a further 5-10 years.