Monday, May 4, 2015

Mas de Daumas Gassac 2011 Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Grand Reserve de Gassac

Languedoc is a huge region in the southern part of France that borders the Mediterranean. The area produces a third of French wine. The reputation has not always been stellar, but winemakers are working to build the quality and esteem of Languedoc.
This red Languedoc is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 30% Syrah. It comes from the Gassac area, where Saint Benedict of Aniane planted the first vineyard in 780 AD. The underground cold water springs, surrounding mountains and Ice Age scree give the area a unique microclimate.
The approach is soft with the Daumas Gassac. The flavors are rich but not bold. The tannins leave a bit to be desired as the wine’s structure is a bit loose. However, it is a winning wine with a sunny outlook that pairs well with a variety of food.
I’m not sure what qualifies this as a Grand Reserve. According to the bottle notes, the grapes are manually harvested from the best vineyard blocks and the 2011 vintage in l’Herault was reportedly good. When enjoyed with friends, it’s an enjoyable wine, but not a pyrotechnic display of winemaking brilliance.
I can’t criticize. I paid $10 to my friend Dr. J for the bottle. You can expect to pay less than $15 for it in the store. It’s worth a sip.
Rating: 2.5 of 5  Value: 3 of 5
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