Our first visit this morning was to the winery that put this area of Languedoc on the map- Mas de Daumas Gassac. The first vintage was 1978 and the blend is 80% cabernet sauvignon, with the balance an eclectic combination of 12 different grape varities, an unorthodox blend, so the wine is not AOC. We tasted 3 wines, including the 2008 and 1996 rouge. The white was a delightful blend of viognier, chardonnay, chenin blanc and manseng.
Then we followed by a visit to La Pèira. We had trouble finding this remote winery because there are no signs and it’s on a tiny rural road. They don’t normally do tours so this was an honor for us to be treated to a tour and tasting by the winemaker, Jeremie Depierre. Under his guidance, we tasted their 3 wines. Their first vintage was 2005 and they only produce 22,000 bottles. The first wine was Les Obriers de la Pèira ‘07(Workers of the Stone in the Occitan language), a blend of cinsault 65% and cabernet 35%. Then we had Las Flors ‘07, a blend of grenache (50%0, syrah (35%) and mourvedre (15%). Many people liked this fruit forward wine but my favorite was La Pèira ‘07, syrah (65%) and grenache (35%). I liked this wine so much that I bought a bottle at 64 euros- big spender that I am- and had the winemaker autograph it.
Then we proceeded to this gorgeous,picture perfect medieval town of St Guilhem le Desert, a UNESCO Heritage site. We had a superb lunch in a restaurant overlooking the gorge of the Herault River, followed by a walking tour of this twon, called one of the most beautiful villages of France- that’s saying something, considering all of the picture-perfect villages this country has.