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Southern France!

MAS DE DAUMAS GASSAC BLANC (IGP St Guilhem-le-Désert – Cité d’Aniane)

  • 27{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Petit Manseng , 25{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Viognier, 16{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Chenin Blanc, 15{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Chardonnay, 17{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Blend of: Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Petit Courbu, Muscat Ottonel, Muscat Petit Grain, Muscat d’Alexandrie, Gros Manseng, Semillon, Neherleschol, Petite Arvine, Amigne, Sercial de Madère (Portugal), Khondorni, Tchilar (Arménie), Albarino (Espagne), Falanghina, Fiano, Grechetto
  • Organic farming
  • Hand harvested
  • Fermented then rested for 6 months in stainless steel

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 (from which the Guibert family drinks), 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.   They were the very first estate in the Languedoc to adopt full organic farming and can honestly say that the Gassac estate has never seen any chemicals!  This a very aromatic, lush white blend that is delicious to drink now by itself or with richer chicken dishes and a multitude of cheeses.  Try it with our Cambozola!

 

LES VIGNES OUBLIÉES ROUGE (Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac)

  • 60{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Grenache, 20{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Syrah, 20{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Carignan
  • Organic farming
  • Aged 12 months in a mix of demi-muidsand barriques, 10{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} new
  • Hand harvested
  • Indigenous yeast fermentation

 

Les Vignes Oubliées is hard to categorize: though the quality and quantity produced suggest an exacting family estate, it is in fact a sort of boutique cooperative—a self-proclaimed “collective of small farmers.” Clustered around the tiny village of Saint Privat, less than an hour northwest of Montpellier, the terraced vineyards sit at 350 meters altitude, placing them among the region’s highest. Winemaker Jean-Baptiste Granier works closely year-round with the four vignerons who entrust their fruit to him, ensuring that both sides maintain their stringent standards.

Having grown up in a family of vignerons, Jean-Baptiste was exposed to wine early on and quickly picked up his father and grandfather’s passion for their profession. They stressed to him the importance of listening to Nature, and the young boy aspired to have his own estate one day where he would use only the most natural, hands-off methods in the vineyards and winery.  As part of his viticulture-enology degree, Granier got an internship with Olivier Jullien, who was already well known as a staunch defender of natural methods and a pinnacle of winemaking in the Languedoc. An idea took root, and they easily convinced the vignerons to leave the cooperative that had been buying the fruit. After confirming their impressions with trial cuvées over two vintages, Jean-Baptiste and Olivier officially established Les Vignes Oubliées with the 2009 vintage. By 2011 the new project was well off the ground, and Jullien retired from the project to let Granier hold the reins alone.

The high altitude of the Larzac plateau combines with a schist and sandstone soil to give unusually fresh, delicate wines with silky tannins that also have the garrigue aromas and great generosity that are characteristic of the Languedoc.  Jeb Dunnuck, southern France expert at the Wine Advocate, gives you a great snapshot of this gem, “has terrific purity in its black and blue styled fruits, licorice and assorted herb and earthy aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with solid mid-palate depth and a seamless texture.”  Fantastic with heartier pasta dishes and all manner of red meats.

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