Wines of the Day • Unmasking Mas De Daumas Gassac

Wines of the Day

Basile Guibert, together with his family, is a proprietor of Mas de Daumas Gassac. He is based in Singapore and travels the region for the “Lafite of the Languedoc”.

Basile Guibert, whose family are proprietors of Mas de Daumas Gassac – often described as the “Lafite of the Languedoc” – hosted a lunch recently at the recently re-opened Raffles Singapore. The gathering took place at their Tiffin Room where a Westernised version of Northern Indian cuisine is available as a buffet. The wine service and the wines were unforgettable.


Mas de Daumas Gassac Rosé Frizant 2018 

Inspired by a trip founders Veronique and Aime Guibert made to Italy. Bright Provencal pink with hint of raspberry and strawberry. Depending on the vintage, the dosage is 6 to 10 g/l. The blend of the 2018 is 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% spread between mourvedre, pinot noir, sauvignon, petit manseng and muscat.

Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc 2013

Grapefruit, pomelo, nutmegs, stone fruit and honey. Elegant, creamy texture and finishing freshness.

Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 2017

Very taut and closed even though double decanted for 4 hours. Hint of mint with a register of tight (for the moment) red/black fruit. The blend is 78% cabernet sauvignon, 5% merlot, 5% cabernet franc, 4% petit verdot, 2% malbec, 2% pinot noir & 4% rare grape varieties. Although proportions vary vintage to vintage, cabernet sauvignon is the backbone variety. Mas de Daumas Gassac red is renowned for its exotic composition of grapes which can include tannat, nebbiolo, dolcetto and barbera.

Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 2009

Liquorice and herbs that remind of Chinese medicine more than garrigue or peat. Intensity of fruit and ripe, soft tannins.

Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 1998

Rich, eager, youthful blue fruit that confirms the “Grand Cru” status wine aficionados accord to this legendary estate. Twenty-one year young!

Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 1984

Outshone 1981 which is supposedly a better vintage. This 35-year old is very vibrant. Even vivacious. Evolved blue fruit with a hint of black olives. Silky tannins. A blend of 71.3% cabernet sauvignon, 5.3% merlot, 7.2% cabernet franc, 3.1% tannat, 7% malbec, 5.1% syrah, and 1% rare grape varieties.

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