Vintages
Mas de Daumas Gassac Red

The vines are predominantly uncloned king Cabernet Sauvignon which reigned supreme in the Medoc before 1914.

Vintage 2018 (41rst VINTAGE)

Technical sheet

Denomination:

IGP St Guilhem-le-Désert – Cité d’Aniane.

TYPE OF SOIL:

Red Glacial deposits

GRAPE VARIETIES:

(Non cloned collections, mostly from Médoc vineyards)
– 76% Cabernet Sauvignon,
– 6% Cabernet Franc,
– 5% Merlot,
– 4% Petit Verdot,
– 3% Pinot Noir,
– 2% Malbec,
-4% rare grape varities : Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Montepulciano (Italy), Armigne (Switzerland), Arenie, Areni Noir (Armenia), Bastardo, Souzon (Portugal), Saperavie (Russia), Tchkaveri, Tchekavesi (Georgia), Brancalleo (Galicia), Carmenere, Abouriou (old French grape varieties) and Plavac Mali (Croatia).

CLIMATE:

After a particularly rainy first-half of the year, the well replenished groundwater reserves enabled the vines to cope with a very hot, dry summer and early autumn.
The summer was hot and sunny. There was just enough rain in July and August to enable the grapes to gradually reach maturity. The Gassac Valley also experienced substantial differences in temperatures – from 8°C to 12°C at night up to 35°C during the day. This resulted in a concentration of aromas.

HARVEST DATES: 

(hand-picked)
14 September – 28 September 2018 (9.5 days).

Vinification:

Classic Medoc vinification – long fermentation and maceration (20 days at least) in stainless steel tank – no filtration

MATURING:

12 to 15 months in oak barrel (1 to 7 years old barrels).

Average age of the vines:

42 years

Folin: (tannin)

47

PH:

3.59

YIELD:

27 hl/ha.

ALCOHOL BY VOL.:

14% Vol.

TOTAL ACIDITY:

3.12

2018 is one of those vintages that only comes around every 10 years. Its complex personality was marked by some of the most atypical weather conditions - with rainfalls between January and May equal to the whole of 2017, Daumas Gassac’s fifty-year-old vineyard was able to benefit from a magnificent dry, hot summer, and produce a perfectly ripe crop.

A few words on the 2018 vintage

The domaine’s 41st harvest began on Monday 3 September and ended on Friday 28 September 2018. 19 days of picking for 50 ha of vines spread over 30 plots. We always wait until each grape variety reached perfect ripeness, offering a unique expression of their flavours: this is what makes each vintage at Mas de Daumas Gassac so exceptional.

2018 Harvest News

EVOLUTION OF THE VINTAGES & TASTING ADVICE:

Drink or Lay Down

TASTING HINTS

  • 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

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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.