Mas de Daumas Gassac, Rouge, Vin de Pays de l’Herault, Aniane, Occitanie, France, 2000.
This wine: lot No. L2/087W11:36 (below the capsule), organic, a blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon along with 8 other varieties, from merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, carmenere, malbec, tannat, pinot noir, nebbiolo, barbera, dolcetto, tempranillo, baga, saperavi, bastardo and others; as a rule ageing is in 1-7 year old oak barrels for 12-15 months; long (48mm) coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, ex-producer, €102 (05/15).
Consumer tasting note: fully developed Daumas Gassac 2000, one of the top Languedoc producers, along with, IMO, Hortus and Trevallon. Quite complex with a nose of spicy red berries edged with a richer dimension of black cherry and liquorice, chocolate with a minty edge, cedar, dried rose bud and fragrant violets; medium bodied with a simpler palate of red cherry and dried red berries, with waxy cedar. Finishes resoundingly long.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for 1-2 years – Wait. Best to stand upright for a couple of days before broaching, then decant for an hour, to allow the intensity to unfurl completely.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity garnet, showing tears [1/4 teaspoon of fine and crusted (not tartrate) sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity (expands to pronounced with an hour’s airing), fully developed, with aromas as they come, of red currant jam, warm wax, spicy red cherry jam with a creamy lactic frill, black liquorice edged with over-ripe black cherry, a whiff of chocolate edged with mint, savoury, old polished wood, a hint of cedar, dried rose bud, a developing hint of damp toast, violets.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fine grained medium (-) tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of macerated red cherry, dried red berries, touches of waxy cedar and old polished wood, savoury. A long length (>30s) with a clean finish of dried red berries edged with a savoury edge and a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: very good, well balanced fresh acidity and low-key fine grained tannins with alcohol, altogether harmonious with the sound flavour intensity and lesser concentration; showing a fully developed profile of moderate towards high complexity, with evidence of time in well integrated oak (cedar, spice, toast), but overwhelmingly of advanced bottle age (cedar, chocolate, dried berries, dried flowers, old polished wood, savoury, wax). Finishes resoundingly long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will hold for 1-2 years – a sound acid – (fully resolved) tannin structure and balance, fully developed, with complexity, intensity and indicative length, but concentration a little adrift, to suggest that it will hold for a few years longer.