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The "Only Grand Cru in the Midi" - January Feature Wine of the Month

The "Only Grand Cru in the Midi" - January Feature Wine of the Month

Can't afford Lafitte, Latour or Peytrus?

Author: Alison Phillips/Friday, January 17, 2020/Categories: New Products, Wine

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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,  ‘Exceptional’ from Parker, ‘Outstanding’ in the Wine Spectator ……?

Pont de Gassac (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache)   2016   750ml     Case of6     $27.99 a bottle

On the nose, aromas of red fruit and barnyard notes.

In the mouth, a fine fruity roundness where powerful tannins appear in a spicy finish.

A wine with character.  Dynamic ageing qualities.

Hailing from The Languedoc, the wine-growing area that has made the greatest progress in terms of quality over the past 30 to 40 years, morphing from coarse reds into a multitude of quality wines with very distinctive characteristics. For some time now, the whites have also kept pace with the reds.

There are 245,000 hectares of vineyards, producing 1,245,000 hl of wine, mainly reds.

The region is situated between the Massif Central, the Corbières and the Mediterranean, covering a wide range of ‘terroirs’ and appellations. There’s shale, sandstone, pebbles, limestone and alluvial deposits.  The climate is very much mediterranean, with hot summers and irregular and poorly distributed rainfall. The grape types currently planted, apart from carignan, often date from after the Second World War, in line with the subsoil. This makes for complex, exciting wines.

Reflecting this dynamism, many of the vignerons produce wines that are non-AOC (vins de pays, table wines, etc.) as they keep on searching for quality and originality.

The Languedoc has 11 AOCs, the main ones of which are Coteaux du Languedoc, Saint-Chinian, Faugères, Minervois, Minervois-la-Livinière, Fitou, Corbières, Limoux and so on.

Daumas Gassac is a well-known winery worldwide for its original wines that are highly recognisable among all others.  Top range wines produced here and are great value for money.

 

 

 

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Basile Guibert

1/21/2020 12:06 AM

Jane Anson (Decanter Bordeaux Correspondent) again described the wine as more like Latour in 2016

Merci for the article !!

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