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Mas de Daumas Gassac - 'Pont de Gassac' Red 2017

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A powerful yet elegant wine. A delight with red meat, game, duck and spicy dishes. Choice of old vines and terroirs with strong personality.  30% Cabernet sauvignon, 30% Syrah, 30% Merlot and 10% Grenache.


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Mas de Daumas Gassac

Mas de Daumas Gassac has achieved acclaim around the world for its red wine, an intricate blend of grape varieties from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Pinot Noir.

It is produced on relatively high ground in the hinterland of Languedoc-Roussillon, on sloping vineyards between Aniane and St-Guilhem Le Désert, the medieval village that lies in the steep gorge of the Hérault river and is recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Founded by the late Aimé Guibert in 1971, with his wife Véronique, Daumas Gassac has spent decades in the vanguard of a movement towards quality in a French region traditionally more associated with cheap table wines.

Cabernet Sauvignon generally makes up at least 70% of the final blend in the top wine, Mas de Daumas Gassac rouge, but this rose as high as 79% in the highly rated 2015 vintage.

The remainder can come from a range of grape varieties in any given year, including the classic Bordeaux set of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Carmenere and Malbec, but also Tannat, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto Tempranillo, Baga, Saperavi, Bastardo and others, as Andrew Jefford reported following a previous tasting at the winery in 2014. Daumas Gassac’s 2016 label, for instance, cites 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% each for Malbec, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto.

The wines themselves are known for being relatively restrained by the standards of Languedoc, and also Bordeaux, with modest tannin levels and fresh acidity. ‘If you’ve never tried Mas de Daumas before, it’s possible to be underwhelmed on the first occasion,’ wrote Andrew Jefford in his column in the June 2014 issue of Decanter magazine. ‘These pure, limpid, fresh red wines, though, drink very attractively. As this tasting proved, they also age very well, carried through time by their balance and poise.’

The wines are generally aged in oak for between 12 and 15 months, using barrels between one and seven years old, according to the estate. Annual production of Mas de Daumas Gassac rouge is around 100,000 bottles plus up to 4,000 magnums.

Aimé Guibert died in 2016 aged 91. The estate is today run by his sons, Samuel, Roman, Gaël and Basile Guibert. 


 

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Rhone Red Blend

The Rhone Red Blend is often known as the GSM blend whereby the three main grapes are Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre. In actuality there can be up to 13 grapes made into this blend, by law, in the southern Rhone Valley. You can have lighter and more floral versions of the Rhone Red Blend or have bolder and oakier versions depending where in the world it is made. They are most popular in France, California and Australia.

 

--------THE REGION--------

Languedoc-Roussillon

Languedoc-Roussillon is the large wine region that covers the entire south of France. It is home to many different styles of wines, types of grapes and producers. It is often seen as the hub of interesting and exciting wines as well as a bed of cheaper/great value wines.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not bitter but rather have refreshing acidity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are very fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not have tannins but have lots of fruity flavours nor do they have extremely high acidity.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami rich foods where by it will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are very fruity but also have higher sweetness.

Wines that are just a touch off-dry like many Gewurztraminer or Riesling work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you should consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or a Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help balance out not just the acidity but to cut down the perception of fattiness in the seafood. 

This is why when you are having a piece of red meat that is high in fat, like lamb, then you should pair it with a Pinot Noir instead of a Merlot as a Pinot Noir will have a higher acidity and will help to balance out the dish.

 

 

These rules will help you with starting to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that are what need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that work well with cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity through a Pinot Noir. 

A powerful yet elegant wine. A delight with red meat, game, duck and spicy dishes. Choice of old vines and terroirs with strong personality.  30% Cabernet sauvignon, 30% Syrah, 30% Merlot and 10% Grenache.


--------THE PRODUCER--------

Mas de Daumas Gassac

Mas de Daumas Gassac has achieved acclaim around the world for its red wine, an intricate blend of grape varieties from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Pinot Noir.

It is produced on relatively high ground in the hinterland of Languedoc-Roussillon, on sloping vineyards between Aniane and St-Guilhem Le Désert, the medieval village that lies in the steep gorge of the Hérault river and is recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Founded by the late Aimé Guibert in 1971, with his wife Véronique, Daumas Gassac has spent decades in the vanguard of a movement towards quality in a French region traditionally more associated with cheap table wines.

Cabernet Sauvignon generally makes up at least 70% of the final blend in the top wine, Mas de Daumas Gassac rouge, but this rose as high as 79% in the highly rated 2015 vintage.

The remainder can come from a range of grape varieties in any given year, including the classic Bordeaux set of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Carmenere and Malbec, but also Tannat, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto Tempranillo, Baga, Saperavi, Bastardo and others, as Andrew Jefford reported following a previous tasting at the winery in 2014. Daumas Gassac’s 2016 label, for instance, cites 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% each for Malbec, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto.

The wines themselves are known for being relatively restrained by the standards of Languedoc, and also Bordeaux, with modest tannin levels and fresh acidity. ‘If you’ve never tried Mas de Daumas before, it’s possible to be underwhelmed on the first occasion,’ wrote Andrew Jefford in his column in the June 2014 issue of Decanter magazine. ‘These pure, limpid, fresh red wines, though, drink very attractively. As this tasting proved, they also age very well, carried through time by their balance and poise.’

The wines are generally aged in oak for between 12 and 15 months, using barrels between one and seven years old, according to the estate. Annual production of Mas de Daumas Gassac rouge is around 100,000 bottles plus up to 4,000 magnums.

Aimé Guibert died in 2016 aged 91. The estate is today run by his sons, Samuel, Roman, Gaël and Basile Guibert. 


 

--------THE GRAPE--------

Rhone Red Blend

The Rhone Red Blend is often known as the GSM blend whereby the three main grapes are Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre. In actuality there can be up to 13 grapes made into this blend, by law, in the southern Rhone Valley. You can have lighter and more floral versions of the Rhone Red Blend or have bolder and oakier versions depending where in the world it is made. They are most popular in France, California and Australia.

 

--------THE REGION--------

Languedoc-Roussillon

Languedoc-Roussillon is the large wine region that covers the entire south of France. It is home to many different styles of wines, types of grapes and producers. It is often seen as the hub of interesting and exciting wines as well as a bed of cheaper/great value wines.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not bitter but rather have refreshing acidity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are very fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not have tannins but have lots of fruity flavours nor do they have extremely high acidity.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami rich foods where by it will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are very fruity but also have higher sweetness.

Wines that are just a touch off-dry like many Gewurztraminer or Riesling work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you should consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or a Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help balance out not just the acidity but to cut down the perception of fattiness in the seafood. 

This is why when you are having a piece of red meat that is high in fat, like lamb, then you should pair it with a Pinot Noir instead of a Merlot as a Pinot Noir will have a higher acidity and will help to balance out the dish.

 

 

These rules will help you with starting to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that are what need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that work well with cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity through a Pinot Noir.