Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2018 edition's "Steven Spurrier's Fine Wine World" (under £20); (see blue link below).
Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc 2016 - March 2018 Decanter review
In 1971 the Guibert family founded the Mas de Daumas Gassac Estate on a historic farm with a unique red glacial terroir contributing to its reputation as th "first growth of the Languedoc". With 67 estate vineyard plots, that are farmed with respect to their surroundings of the Garrique Forest. Nature's balance of life has been completely preserved in this beautiful and magical valley. Daumas Gassac embraces an organic culture, eschewing chemical fertilizers in favour of natural dung compost as well as tree and straw cuttings.
The spring of 2016 was rainy and cool. A very sunny summer followed, with no rainfalls after early June, but was marked by intense heat last week of August and first week of September. This weather allowed the grapes to reach maturity evenly throughout the vineyard.
After fermentation, this wine was aged in stainless steel tanks for 4 months. This wine is the result of a unique marriage between four noble grape varieties with magnificent flavours sustained by a rich texture.
The Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc is pale straw in colour with scents of tropical fruits and toasted nuts. Fresh and floral on the palate, the texture is firm and waxy with flavours of green apples and tropical fruits. The finish lingers with firm acidity.
This wine is a tremendously versatile wine to pair with food. Some suggestions we have are asparagus, red peppers à la Languedocienne, fresh salmon in pastry on a bed of wild fennel, grilled swordfish steaks and roast pork with ginger and pears caramelised in vinegar.