Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 2017
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petite Verdot, 2% Pinot, 2% Malbec, 2% Nebbiolo, 2% Dolcetto. For many, this estate needs no introduction. Often referred to as the Grand Cru of the Midi (South of France), the Mas de Daumas Gassac top-tier wines have reached international cult status. Located in the majestic Gassac Valley, the estate benefits from the cool microclimate derived from the Gassac River, several natural springs, and the influence of the nearby mountains. The soil that dominates the valley is a rare and still unexplained red, powder-fine glacial soil, which is strikingly similar to that found in the prime areas of Burgundy. This combination of characteristics is quite unique in Southern France. Aimé Guibert, along with his wife Véronique, purchased the property in 1974 and began planting grapes. After years of traveling around the world for his family's leather business, Aimé developed a love for the history and cultures of the world. This anthropological spirit led him to seek out rare grape varieties from around the globe. As a result, there are 40 different grape varieties planted on the property. The property was farmed in a traditional and natural way long before the Guibert family established the Grand Crus vineyards of Gassac and this philosophy continues today which makes the vineyards full of biodiversity. Slow, cool, wild yeast fermentations are foundational in achieving pure, long-lived wines and after fermentation, they are aged in oak barrels for 12-15 months before bottling. The red, with its unusual blend, has no added sulfur to it and has an extraordinary ability to age and remain vibrant and youthful for twenty, even thirty years. This is one of the great estates of France, even if the region is not known for great wines.