Vintages
Mas de Daumas Gassac Red

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

Vintage 2019 (42nd VINTAGE)

Technical sheet

Denomination:

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

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:

Drought & Heat define 2019 vintage. We faced the lowest rainfalls in years (187ml), similar level to 1989, 1990, 2010 which were vintages born in drought conditions.…Conditions where vine outperforms! Then on 29th June our yields were tremendously impacted with an impressive event: 50°C for 5 hours.
However, the Gassac valley “Magical” climate with fresh nights during this summer, gave us a 2019 outstanding but rare vintage. A fantastic climatical orchestra that brought a long and gentle ripening which is the marker of excellent conditions to witness the unexpected birth of the greatest vintages.

2019 is a Racy Vintage combining elegance & full power. It rolls smoothly in the mouth, leaving crisp flavours of perfectly ripened fruit, predominately blackberry & blackcurrant. Spicy with long delicate aromas & tannin lining the mouth.

TYPE OF SOIL:

Red Glacial deposits

HARVEST DATES: 

(hand-picked)
5 September – 21 September 2019 (8 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:

43 years

Folin: (tannin)

60

PH:

3.46

YIELD:

25 hl/ha.

ALCOHOL BY VOL.:

14% Vol.

TOTAL ACIDITY:

3.45

2019 vintage was blessed with spectacular aromatic concentration, intensity and extremely low yields, providing the perfect balance between power and fruitiness.

A few words on the 2019 vintage

The 42nd harvest at the Mas de Daumas Gassac began on Monday 2 September 2019! It lasted about two weeks and ended on Saturday 21 September with the picking of our star grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon. This year we were lucky enough to have a team of 60 pickers, representing more than 16
dierent nationalities in the beautiful Gassac valley!

2019 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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