Mas de Daumas Gassac was originally bought as a holiday retreat by Parisian glove maker, Aime Guibert in 1970. However, a visiting oenologist from Bordeaux, Henri Enjalbert, identified a particular red soil that shared many characteristics with some of the great estates from Bordeaux and Burgundy. 1.6ha of Cabernet Sauvignon vines were duly planted in 1971 and the first wines produced in 1972. Following Gault et Millau's description of the estate as 'the Lafite of the Languedoc' the wines quickly attained cult status and the wines have now become highly prized. Today there are over 30 hectares of vines producing a superb range of organic red and white and dessert wines. 'Emile Peynaud' is the estate's 'super-cuvee' and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the first hectare of vines ever planted on the estate. Named after the legendary oenologist from Bordeaux, this elegant and complex wine is frequently mistaken for a top-notch Saint-Estephe from Bordeaux and has great ageing potential.
An opaque purple in colour. On the nose, aromas of cassis, mint and leather. The palate is dense and 'chewy' with sweet black fruit flavours and forward, youthful tannins. The acidity is balanced leading to a lingering and spicy finish. A remarkable example of Cabernet Sauvignon in its first flush of youth. Cellar for a further 5 years. Hefty meat dishes required here. Try with wild duck with cepes, entrecote steak with beef marrow or marinated wild boar with chestnuts.
N.B.Only 1600 Bottles of this particular cuvée were produced so availability is very limited.