Vintage 2016 (39th VINTAGE)
IGP St Guilhem-le-Désert – Cité d’Aniane
– 73% Cabernet Sauvignon,
– 7% Merlot,
– 4% Cabernet Franc,
– 4% Petit Verdot,
– 3% Malbec,
– 3% Pinot Noir,
– 6% variétés rares : Barbera, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Armigne, Arenie, Bastardo, Saperavie, Tchkaveri, Montepulciano, Areni Noir, Tchekavesi, Souzon, Brancalleo, Carmenere, Abouriou et Plavac Mali.
Spring was rainy and cool. A very sunny summer followed, with no rainfalls after early June, but was marked by intense heat last week of August and first week of September.
This weather allowed the grapes to reach maturity evenly throughout the vineyard.
Classic Medoc vinification – long fermentation and maceration (20 days at least) in stainless steel tank – no filtration.
12 September – 18 September 2016
TYPE OF SOIL:
Red Glacial deposits
12 to 15 months in oak barrel
(1 to 7 years old barrels)
ALCOHOL BY VOL.:
13.5 % Vol.
2016, "an iron hand coated in velvet"!
In terms of tannic structure, this vintage is remarkably similar to 2015. Together, they are two of the finest vintages that the domaine has ever produced! 2016 is characterised by tremendous freshness, with ripe fruit (blackcurrants) and spicy notes, and a very long, elegant palate.
The harvest started on 4th September this year, and finished on 18th September.
42 pickers worked for a total of 14 days!
2016 Harvest News
EVOLUTION OF THE VINTAGES & TASTING ADVICE:
Drink or Lay Down
- 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 cellar!