Mas de Daumas Gassac (The ‘grand cru’ of the Languedoc), Aniane, IGP Pays d’Herault, Languedoc, France, 2010.
Red glacial soils, naturally farmed, hand harvested. A blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon, with merlot (7), petit verdot (6), pinot noir (4) and syrah (3). Aged in oak barrels for 18 months. Recommended drinking windows – first 5 years for intense fruit character, or 7-25 years for depth and complexity. Natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, DBM Wines, £25
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas of slightly high-toned black currant and sweet ripe black plum, a little floral with hints of peony then violets, with savoury and spicy notes.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, medium smooth well-integrated tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, a silky texture, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of ripe black berry, ripe black cherry, dried herbs, and a low-key woody note. A medium (+) length with a clean black fruited finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, well made, with good acidity lifting the flavours and smooth tannins adding to structure, both in balance with the intensity of flavour. A developing wine showing decent complexity and concentration, with some evolution showing savoury, spicy and woody notes. Slightly shorter in length than expected, this wine is ready to drink now, with room for further development in cellar over 3-5 years.