Vintages
Mas de Daumas Gassac White

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

Vintage 1993 (7th VINTAGE)

Technical sheet

Denomination:

Vin de Pays de l’Hérault.

GRAPE VARIETIES:

– 43% Chardonnay.
– 33% Viognier (origin of the vine: Georges Vernay – Condrieu).
– 19% Petit Manseng (origin of the vine: Charles Hours – Béarn).
– 5% rare grape varieties : Muscat Petit grain, Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne (France).
Neherleschol (Israël), Petite Arvine (Suisse).

CLIMATE:

Cold weather with grey spells and menacing storms.
Harvest: Towards the end of 9 September we were hit by a brief tornado: not much rain but violent wind and some hail stones which damaged a few grapes on about a half of the bunches. Luckily not one grape went bad. Then from 10 to 22 September, the weather varied from sunshine to grey clouds but with steady, heavy heat.

HARVEST DATES:

6 September – 10 September 1993 (5 days).

TYPE OF SOIL:

White Lutetian Limestone.

Vinification:

Skin maceration for 5 to 7 days Fermentation in stainless steel tank.

MATURING:

2 – 4 months in stainless steel tank.

Residual sugar:

7.5g

PH:

3.45

HARVEST:

100% Manual.

YIELD:

30 hl/ ha

ALCOHOL BY VOL.:

12.80% Vol.

TOTAL ACIDITY:

3.99

EVOLUTION OF THE VINTAGES & TASTING ADVICE

Drink or Lay down

The two lives of Mas de Daumas Gassac White Wine

Laid down in a cool cellar (14°-16°C, 57-60°F) even the oldest can happily wait with no problem for many years. However, being laid down in warmer temperatures will speed up the wines’ maturity.

 

First life

To taste within the first three years if you appreciate wonderful fruity flavours.
Drink our white wines as an aperitif or with a meal. They drink beautifully with most dishes.

 

Second life

Quite a different wine from the third or fourth year! Its youthful fruitiness will have disappeared, to be replaced by new flavours reminiscent of "sherry" or old "Sauternes", a touch "oxidative" with great finesse.
Take care: if you are not looking for this type of wine, slightly paradoxical as it ages, drink our white wines within the first couple of years.

 

Tasting hints
- Serve around 10-12°C (51°F). Do not over chill.
- Open the bottle an hour before serving, but always replace the cork. Decanting encourages wines to express their full complexity but, always replace the stopper.

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