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Mas de Daumas Gassac, Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Blanc, 2020

White Wine from Languedoc & Roussillon, France
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Recently, the Guibert family began working with a cooperative in a nearby town, supervising the production of some of our favorite, everyday-priced bottles, called Moulin de Gassac. The farming is organic, the meticulous winemaking is overseen by the family, and the wines are delicious, delightful and perfectly quaffable.

This is fruity yet mineral, with perfectly balanced body and acidity. It's a blend of Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and a little-known grape called Terret. Zingy, zesty and full of notes of green apple, kiwifruit and lime zest. A perfect match for poultry or vegetables, or spicier dishes like curries.

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Few winemakers have come to define their region like Mas de Daumas Gassac has with the Languedoc. What sets Mas de Daumas Gassac apart is their unflinching commitment to pushing the boundaries — of the appellation’s rules, of conventional farming techniques, of “expected” grape varieties.

Aimé and Véronique Guibert purchased the land in the early 1970s; they had planned to start a farm, but weren’t sure what type of crops they wanted to grow. It took convincing from a Bordeaux-based soil scientist, who saw great grape-growing potential in the limestone-rich land, as densely mineral-laden as Burgundy’s Côte d’Or.

Making wine in the Languedoc is nothing new — the Greeks and Romans were doing it millennia ago. In planting their estate to vines, the Guiberts chose to buck local tradition and plant a wide (very wide) assortment of international grapes; there’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, sure, but also Petite Arvine, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo and more. Prior to owning the estate, the Guiberts traveled the world as part of a family leather business, and became enamored with grapes from far-off and exotic locales.

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

VARIETAL NOTES
40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Terret
ORGANIC
Practicing
VINEYARD
From vineyards in the area around the Thau Lagoon, near the village of Pinet. 25-50 year old vines.
ORIENTATION
Multiple parcels, exposition varies
SOIL
Clay and limestone
VITICULTURE
Sustainably farmed. 65 hl/ha
VINIFICATION
100% destemmed. Skin maceration for 2 to 3 hours in refrigerated tank then vinification under controlled temperatures between 16°C and 21°C.
AGING
5-6 months in stainless steel tank
PRODUCTION
6,500 cases

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Grenache Blanc , Sauvignon Blanc , White Blend

  • Vintage

    2020

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Crisp , Fruity , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

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