Vintage 2005 (28th VINTAGE)
Vin de Pays de l’Hérault.
TYPE OF SOIL:
Red Glacial deposits
– 63.1% Cabernet Sauvignon.
– 7.9% Cabernet Franc.
– 7.3% Merlot.
– 5.2% Syrah.
– 3.7% Pinot noir.
– 3.3% Malbec.
– 1.6% Tannat.
– 7.9% rare grape varieties: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Armigne, Arenie, Bastardo, Saperavie, Tchkaveri, Montepulciano, Areni Noir, Tchekavesi, Souzon, Brancalleo and Petit Verdot.
This vintage looked like being perfectly mature at the end of August, although we usually only start picking the reds after 15 September. After due reflection we chose to start the harvest at the end of the month so as not to fall into a trap by waiting, which would have resulted in a loss of the freshness and subtle aromas which are the hallmark of 2005.
10 September – 22 September 2005 (11 days).
Classic Medoc vinification – long fermentation and maceration (20 days at least) in stainless steel tank – no filtration
12 to 15 months in oak barrel (1 to 7 years old barrels).
35 to 45 hl/ha.
ALCOHOL BY VOL.:
It has finesse, it’s friendly and elegant, soft, fruity and mouth-wateringly rounded. Thoroughly enjoyable and seductive, this 2005 vintage is designed to win you over with its affability, not to impress you. Yet it is genuinely great ! Truly outstanding !
We're bowled over by the 2005 red! Even as the fermentation ended, it became quite clear that this wine would be thoroughly opulent : truly one of the greats!
EVOLUTION OF THE VINTAGES & TASTING ADVICE:
- To be served around 18-19°C (64°F).
- Make sure to open your bottle a few hours beforehand, but always replace the cork.
- Better still, decant the wine which will help bring out its complexity. But, do replace the stopper.
THE FIVE LIVES OF MAS DE DAUMAS GASSAC RED WINES
From the first autumn after bottling. A true basket of fruit, hints of what’s to come.
- Period of fruit
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 youth
Velvety tannins appear, the fruit fades. This period lasts for seven to fourteen years. The wine reveals its true complexity.
- Period of maturity
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 plenitude
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 reasure for grandchildren to discover in grandad’s