Vintages
Mas de Daumas Gassac White

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

Vintage 1999 (13rd VINTAGE)

Technical sheet

Denomination:

Vin de Pays de l’Hérault.

GRAPE VARIETIES:

– 34% Viognier (origin of the vine: Georges Vernay – Condrieu).
– 32% Petit Manseng (origin of the vine: Charles Hours – Béarn).
– 11% Chardonnay.
– 16% rare grape varieties : Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Petit Courbu, Muscat Ottonel, Muscat Petit grain, Muscat d’Alexandrie, Gros Manseng, Semillon (France).
Neherleschol (Israël), Petite Arvine, Amigne (Suisse), Sercial de Madère (Portugal), Tchilar, Khondorni (Arménie), Albarino (Espagne).

CLIMATE:

Harvest: Every two or three days in August and early September light showers were followed by great heat. A truly tropical climate but no real damage. In the north part of the Hérault, in the Larzac foothills, the weather was ideal, but along the coast there were dreadful damages with hail and violent rainstorms.

HARVEST DATES:

4 September – 9 September 1999 (6 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:

6.3g

PH:

3.43

HARVEST:

100% Manual.

YIELD:

30 hl/ ha

ALCOHOL BY VOL.:

13.25% Vol.

TOTAL ACIDITY:

3.40

« The 1999 White vintage is thoroughly expressive; excellent clean acidity contrasts well with the rounded savour of the wine »

The 1999 Harvest News

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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