Gassac, Herault, France
The story of Mas de Daumas Gassac is one of vision, enterprise, passion and pride. When the Guiberts first purchased their farm (the mas) in the charming Gassac valley they little realised that they had a particular micro-climate which would give them the potential to make great wines.
A visiting professor from Bordeaux, one Henri Enjalbert, identified a particular red soil that was common to certain great estates in the Médoc and Grand Cru Burgundies. Under the thick garrigue scrub and shrubs covering the Arboussas hills, he found some 40 hectares of perfectly drained soil, poor in vegetable matter, rich in mineral oxide. At nightfall, the cold air from the Larzac floods into the Gassac valley, with the result that, even in the height of summer the vineyards benefit from cool nights and moderate daytime temperatures.
The micro-climate is a huge factor in creating the outstanding complexity and finesse which is shown here in this light and perfectly drinkable rosé.