The estates
Mas de Daumas Gassac

In 1971, our parents bought an abandoned farmhouse in a wild valley in the remote Hérault countryside, and planted vines in clearings in the middle of 4,000 hectares of forest… They were visionaries. Let us tell you our story…

The estates
Mas de Daumas Gassac

In 1971, our parents bought an abandoned farmhouse in a wild valley in the remote Hérault countryside, and planted vines in clearings in the middle of 4,000 hectares of forest… They were visionaries. Let us tell you our story…

We have planted old un-cloned varieties that have low yields but offer exceptional organoleptic richness.
As a result, our vineyard has become a museum of grape varieties. A remarkable story to discover…

In the 1950s, agriculture was taken over by an “industrial” approach. In the vineyard, clonal selection became standard: compared to past centuries, yields doubled, and the originality of the flavours tended to disappear.

At Mas de Daumas Gassac, we refused the clones: we planted old varieties with low yields. In this way, the vineyard has become something of a museum, illustrating what varieties such as Cabernet-Sauvignon, Petit Manseng and Viognier were like in the past. Before modern clones: low yields but tremendous organoleptic richness.

“Cloning changed yields, at least doubling them. We went from an exceptional product with a great aromatic intensity to an overabundant one, lacking in any flavours except those that are added artificially. We have kept the names of the grape varieties, but by cloning them, they have lost their diversity, their aromatic qualities… their personalities.”

Aimé Guibert

Low yields: a tradition in times past!

35 to 40 hectolitres per hectare. That means three to six thousand kilos of grapes per hectare, corresponding to one square metre for each glass of wine, and hence to a strong expression of the terroir.

These are modest yields when compared to the twenty to thirty thousand kilos of grapes per hectare that are harvested in the production of industrial wines.

Following the collapse of the glove-making trade, Aimé Guibert made a series of journeys to say goodbye to all the people he had worked with in the northern Mediterranean region. He took advantage of these occasions to ask, as a souvenir of their collaboration, for a cutting from their favourite vines, or those grown by friends, neighbours and families, each of which represented a period glory in a different region of the world… And so, it was that Aimé’s precious collection of varieties grew through such encounters and a constant search for authenticity. A collection of which the Gassac valley is now the guardian, and with reason: of the property’s 50 varieties, 25 are unknown to the general public and can truly be said to belong to history!

Red grape varieties

Most of the vineyard consists of the “king”, Cabernet Sauvignon, in uncloned form (as it grew in the Médoc before 1914).

Advised by their friend Mr Boubals (a professor of viticulture at Montpellier University and director of the National School of Viticulture) Aimé and Véronique Guibert obtained cuttings from vines dating from the 1930s and 40s from around a hundred of the best properties in the Bordeaux and Lot-et-Garonne region.

In 1972, 17,500 uncloned Cabernet Sauvignon vines were thus grafted onto American rootstock. These in themselves constitute a unique museum of old vines planted in the Médoc before the age of cloning.

In addition, 20% of the vineyard is planted with other noble varieties that are blended with the Cabernet Sauvignon: Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Tannat, Petit Verdot, Carmenère, Syrah, Pinot Noir and ten other rare, old varieties.

White grape varieties

Like the red, the white varieties come from old uncloned collections. Four varieties make up 90% of the white grapes: Viognier, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng and Chenin. Cuttings collected by Aimé from properties in their respective regions:

  • Viognier from the Rhône: cuttings from the iconic Domaine Georges Vernay – Condrieu.
  • Petit Manseng from the Pyrenees: Domaine Charles Hours – Béarn, Jurançon Grands Vins
  • Chenin from the Loire: Domaine Huet – Vouvray.
  • Chardonnay from Burgundy: Domaine des Comtes Lafon.

Note that while these four varieties account for 90% of the white wine, the remaining 10% comes from fourteen glorious, rare varieties. For example, Neherleschol, an Israeli grape variety grown on the Golan Heights, which would have been the source of the biblical wine in the miracle of the Wedding at Cana.

Aimé Guibert also travelled to Armenia to obtain the varieties used to make the legendary wine that was appreciated by Alexander the Great.

Madeira, Portugal, Switzerland and more… All of these countries are represented in the Gassac valley through their respective grape varieties: Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Petit Courbu, Muscat Ottonel, Muscat Petit grain, Muscat d’Alexandrie, Gros Manseng, Semillon (France), Neherleschol (Israel), Petite Arvine, Amigne (Switzerland), Sercial de Madère (Portugal), Khondorni, Tchilar (Armenia), Albarino (Spain), Falanghina, Fiano, Grechetto Todi (Italy).

These “forgotten” varieties constitute the only collection of its kind in the world, and tell a story that today is passed on through Mas de Daumas Gassac’s grand vins.

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Aniane, octobre 2020,
Chers amis de la vallée du Gassac,
Naturellement et dans le respect des consignes du gouvernement pour endiguer l’épidémie de Coronavirus (Covid-19), nous avons pris plusieurs mesures.

Notre priorité est de prendre soin de vous et de nos collaborateurs.

Pour vous, amis clients PARTICULIERS,
Pendant ce confinement, le caveau reste ouvert, hors jours fériés, sur RDV, du lundi au samedi de 9h30 à 13h00 et de 14h00 à 17h00. 
Le port du masque est obligatoire sur tout le domaine.
Nous continuons d’être à votre écoute via l’adresse suivante : prives@daumas-gassac.com sinon par téléphone au 04 67 57 88 41.

Pour vous, amis clients PROFESSIONNELS, en France où à l’étranger,
L’activité continue !

Le domaine est toujours à votre écoute pour recevoir vos commandes et les expédier. 
En France, en nous écrivant à l’adresse suivante : cavchr@daumas-gassac.com
A l’étranger, via l’adresse : export@daumas-gassac.com

Prenez soin de vous, de vos proches.
Gardons en tête l’essentiel.
A très vite,
La famille Guibert et toute l’équipe du Mas de Daumas Gassac.du lin

Aniane, october 2020,
Dear friends of the Gassac valley,
Naturally and following the government’s guidelines to contain the Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic, we have taken several measures.
Our priority is to take care of you and all our staff.

For you, friends and PRIVATE CUSTOMERS,
The Mas de Daumas Gassac cellar remains open during the lock down, except public holidays, by appointment only, monday to saturday, from 9:30am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pm. A mask has to be worn.
You can contact us via the following address: contact@daumas-gassac.com or by phone on +33 (0)4 67 57 88 41.

For you, friends and TRADE customers, in France and abroad,
Our activity is still going on!
Mas de Daumas Gassac team is listening to you and can still receive / ship your orders.
French trade, you can write to this email address: cavchr@daumas-gassac.com,
And the Export trade, to: export@daumas-gassac.com.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones.
Let’s keep the essentials in mind.
See you soon,
The Guibert family and all the Mas de Daumas Gassac team.