Basile Guibert regaled participants with the story how his parents came to purchase Mas de Daumas Gassac in 1974
Basile Guibert, whose family are owners of Mas de Daumas Gassac, gave a tasting to the Disciples of Escoffier Singapore Chapter.
Guibert regaled participants with the story how his parents purchased the estate in the commune of Aniane in 1974. Unusually at the time, Aime Guibert pioneered the planting of Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot on his estate in the Languedoc.
The results were spectacular.
So much so that the Times of London described the wine as tasting like Chateau Latour. The French gastronomy guide Gault Millau was equally impressed and called Mas de Daumas Gassac the “Lafite Rothschild of the Languedoc”.
The wines are certainly long-lived as Basile Guibert showed two reds 30 years apart. The 22-year old white was just as impressive.
From left: President, Disciples of Escoffier Singapore Chapter, Edmund Toh (also Honorary President Singapore Chefs Association), Basile Guibert, and CH’NG Poh Tiong (Wine Advisor to Disciples of Escoffier Singapore Chapter)
Participants included committee members of Disciples of Escoffier Singapore Chapter and their guest, journalist Nimmi Malhotra (right)
Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc 2000
Perfume of apricots with a hint of sandalwood. Round and creamy in texture. Full-bodied but without any heaviness. Made to an oxidative style, a wine of great poise and presence.
Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 2019
Blackberry fruit with a light liquorice aspect. Richness of fruit backed up by equally ripe tannins. Lots of freshness. Very harmonious. Medium-plus bodied.
Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 1989
Scented on the nose including sandalwood, tobacco, leather and autumn leaves. Evolved fruit that still possesses ageing potential for another decade, perhaps longer. Rich, full-bodied and very fresh.