Possibly the best vintage of all for Mas de Daumas and this was a bottle in superb condition. Dark and youthful (virtually no discoloration), restrained, complex, long. Not fully mature, and a bottle such as this will be perfection in 10 years time. Outstanding.
There's a big ball of cassis here, round, broad, and a little dusty, with clear expression of soil. It's fully developed but not going anywhere, and needed several hours of air to really open. Really complex.
Beautiful bouquet with iodine, cinnamon and some pleasant barnyard. On the palate red fruits, cinnamon and other sweet spices, licorice, beautiful acidity and good tannin which is soft and still has a pleasant bite. Great wine and this is a perfect bottle; beautifully mature and it will probably stay on this level for some years.
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(Mas de Daumas Gassac (Vin de Pays de l'Herault)) This wine has a wonderful deep red colour, with little sign of age. A youthful appearance. There is an amazing depth of cassis fruit on the nose, and this is reflected on the palate, which is big, structured and almost seamless. Lovely mineral edge to the fruit, which takes on a powerful, prune-like character. Finishes well and has a warming length. Aimé Guibert says this vintage needs decades more of bottle age, and on the basis of this tasting I'm not one to disagree.
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