Vintage 2003 (17th VINTAGE)
Vin de Pays de l’Hérault.
– 35% Chardonnay.
– 35% Petit Manseng (origin of the vine: Charles Hours – Béarn).
– 16% Viognier (origin of the vine: Georges Vernay – Condrieu).
– 1% Chenin blanc (origin des bois : Domaine Huet – Vouvray).
– 13% 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).
Rain early in the year (96 cms water) filled the underground aquifers and ensured the Gassac valley springs ran all summer until the end of September. A burning hot summer (40°C and more in the midday sun) lasted 8 weeks. But the grapes sheltered under foliage, so not one was burnt, not one leaf singed.
Harvest: 10 days early, a dream harvest, ripe grapes, thoroughly healthy, not one damaged or mis-shaped.
20 August – 26 August 2003 (6 days).
TYPE OF SOIL:
White Lutetian Limestone.
Skin maceration for 5 to 7 days Fermentation in stainless steel tank.
2 – 4 months in stainless steel tank.
30 hl/ ha
ALCOHOL BY VOL.:
Full of flavours, honey, pear, acidulous exotic scent, brought by our collection of vine varieties.
EVOLUTION OF THE VINTAGES & TASTING ADVICE
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.
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.
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.
- 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.