Vintages
Mas de Daumas Gassac White

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

Vintage 2005 (20th VINTAGE)

Technical sheet

Denomination:

Vin de Pays de l’Hérault.

GRAPE VARIETIES:

  – 36% Petit Manseng (origin of the vine: Charles Hours – Béarn).
– 28% Viognier (origin of the vine: Georges Vernay – Condrieu).
– 19% Chardonnay.
– 2% Chenin Blanc (origin des bois : Domaine Huet – Vouvray).
– 15% 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: this vintage looked like being perfectly mature at the end of August, although we usually only start picking the reds after 15 September. After due reflection we chose to start the harvest at the end of the month so as not to fall into a trap by waiting, which would have resulted in a loss of the freshness and subtle aromas which are the hallmark of 2005.

HARVEST DATES:

1 September – 8 September 2005 (7 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:

6.4g

PH:

3.37

HARVEST:

100% Manual.

YIELD:

30 hl/ ha

ALCOHOL BY VOL.:

13.11% Vol.

TOTAL ACIDITY:

3.37

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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