Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin de Pays de l'Hérault 2003
What other humble "Vin de Pays ", part of no official appellation, has been compared to France’s greatest wines ? To LAFITE IN 1982 and again in 1990 by Gault Millau, to LATOUR in 1983 and 1985 by The Times, to PETRUS in 1985 by the Journal du Dimanche? What other mere "Vin de Pays ", has been hailed ‘the only Grand Cru in the Midi’ by Hugh Johnson, ‘Major Grand Cru’ by Oz Clarke, ‘one of the world’s ten best wines’ by Michael Broadbent of the white, ‘Exceptional’ from Parker, ‘Outstanding’ in the Wine Spectator ……? Which "Vin de Pays" eludes any attempt at comparison but when young reminds you of a great Medoc whilst, as it ages, is redolent of the undergrowth and truffles found in great Burgundies ?
Way back in 780 CE, Charlemagne’s advisor, Saint Benedict of Aniane, founded the first vineyard in the Gassac valley. Indeed, there are good reasons to believe that he introduced Charlemagne to some of the valley’s early wines. Thus, in common with most truly great wines, the Daumas Gassac Grands Crus were born under the aegis of a prestigious Abbey.