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This magnificent thoroughbred can be partially explained by the climate of 1998 with the intense heat of summer…
– 64.5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
– 8.8% Merlot.
– 8% Syrah.
– 6.6% Cabernet Franc.
– 5.6% Malbec.
– 2.5% Pinot noir.
– 1.4% Tannat.
-2.6% rare grape varieties: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto,
Armigne, Arenie, Bastardo, Saperavie and Tchkaveri.
The 1998 climate can partly explain the vintage’s sophistication : intense heat was followed by cool weather during the harvest, with regular showers bringing 20mm of water during September, freshening up the vine leaves and grapes thus avoiding overheating the very ripe fruit (6° during the harvest).
Classic Medoc vinification – long fermentation and maceration (20 days at least) in stainless steel tank – no filtration
The 1998 harvest is a sort of perfect, absolute maturity, preserving freshness as well as the aromas of very ripe fruit.
The five lives of Mas de Daumas Gassac Red Wines Laid down in a cool cellar (14°-16°C, 57-60°F) even the oldest can happily wait with no problem for many years. However, being laid down in warmer temperatures will speed up the wines’ maturity.
Period of fruit
From the first autumn after bottling. A true basket of fruit, hints of what’s to come.
Period of youth
Crisp fruit and tannins to the fore. Lasts from three to seven years. A delicious and invigorating wine to drink. An absolute must.
Period of maturity
Velvety tannins appear, the fruit fades. This period lasts for seven to fourteen years. The wine reveals its true complexity.
Period of plenitude
Between fourteen and twenty-one years. The fruity flavours fade giving way to tertiary aromas with hints of dried roses, woodland moss, truffles, game!
Period of dreams
Over twenty-one years, most Mas de Daumas Gassac vintages will continue to evolve into magical flavours if laid down in a cool cellar with the right humidity. A treasure for grandchildren to discover in grandad’s cellar!