Vintage 2006 (29th VINTAGE)
Vin de Pays de l’Hérault.
TYPE OF SOIL:
Red Glacial deposits
– 68.1% Cabernet Sauvignon.
– 8.3% Merlot.
– 6.3 % Cabernet Franc.
– 3.8% Syrah.
– 2.7% Malbec.
– 2.2% Tannat.
– 1% Pinot noir.
– 7.6% rare grape varieties: Abouriou (France), Nielluccio, Montepulciano (Italie), Saperavi (Géorgie), Carménère (Chili), Tempranillo (Espagne).
To speak of the 2006 vintage is to speak of a marvel! A heatwave throughout June and July brought ripening forward, whilst a relatively cool August preserved the most subtle aromas.
31 September – 10 October 2006 (10 days).
Slow extraction, delicate pump-over and soft infusion 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.:
Our 2006 is a truly dazzling wine ! It’s the crowning glory in a series of seriously great earlier vintages, most particularly those of 2003 and 2005.
A rare and subtle vintage !
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