Domaine Mas de Damas Gassac
In 1907’s, Véronique and Aimé Guibert were looking for a familial mansion in the Hérault hinterland and found out an old Mas and an abandoned mill. They fall in love with the estate. Land enthusiastic, Véronique and Aimé wondered what they can cultivate. Henri Enjalbert, a teach in Bordeaux University and also a geologist specialized in relationship between soil and grape went to their estate. After having covered the Mad Daumas land during hours, he discovered a soil made of glacial grèzes close from the best terroirs in Côte d’Or in Burgundy. He claimed: “a Grand Cru can be created here but it could take maybe 200 hundred years before he becomes recognized and accepted as much!”
The Mas of Daumas Gassac is the most Bordeaux vineyard, with Emile Peynaud as a wine consultant who also works for famous Bordeaux Châteaux (Château Léoville Las Cases, Château Margaux, Château Haut-Brion, Château La Mission Haut-Brion and Château La Lagune). “I work for the greatest French grands crus, but here, for the first time, I had the chance to participate to the birth of a grand cru.”1978, the first vintage in Mas of Daumas Gassac Red is composed of 80% of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Mas of Daumas Gassac refuses categorically to plant clones and uses only old grape variety with small yields. As a real museum, the vineyard houses a big range of grape variety:Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Tannat, Petit Verdot, Carmenere, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Petit Manseng, Viognier, Chenin, Chardonnay, Bourboulenc, Gros Manseng, Semillon, Neherlescol (Israël), Amigne (Switzerland), Sercial de Madère (Portugal), Khondorni, Tchilar (Armenia), Albarino (Spain), Falanghina, Fiano, Grechetto todi (Italy). The work is perpetuated with the new generation with 4 sons keeping on growing Mas of Daumas Gassac awareness and success.