Day 5 in Languedoc

By October 28, 2010Wine Tours
Mas de Daumas Gassac
Image of Mas de Daumas Gassac via Snooth

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.

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