Jonathan Ray

Wine Club 23 September

Wine Club 23 September
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Mas de Daumas Gassac is one of the great estates of the Languedoc. Indeed, it is often referred to as the Languedoc’s Grand Cru or First Growth, and I am just one of many to have fallen under its spell.

The estate’s Moulin de Gassac range is famously accessible and shares the same pedigree and winemaking philosophy as that of Mas de Daumas Gassac, and speaks just as resolutely of its terroir.

It is also extremely well-priced, particularly so for readers of The Spectator since our partners Mr Wheeler have lopped off up to £1.50 a bottle. Several of these wines aren’t available anywhere else and those that are won’t be so keenly priced. Fill your boots.

The 2016 Moulin de Gassac ‘Guilhem’ Blanc (1) is a slowly macerated, cool fermented blend of Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Terret Blanc that’s full of white stone fruit and a delightful freshness. It makes a perfect aperitif. £8.95, down from £10.

The 2016 Moulin de Gassac Viognier (2) is a delight. It’s peachy, apricotty and slightly nutty with surprisingly good acidity. It’s as good on its own as it is with grub. £9.95, down from £11.50.

The 2016 Moulin de Gassac ‘Faune’ (3) has a touch more weight and creaminess, being a half-and-half blend of Viognier and Chardonnay. It has the peachy aromatics of the former and the buttery, honeyed notes of the latter. It is utterly charming. £10.50, down from £12.

The 2016 Moulin de Gassac ‘Guilhem’ Rouge (4) is a typical Languedoc blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan filled with ripe briary fruits, spice and chocolate with a long, robust, slightly earthy finish. It’s a cracking value everyday red. £8.95, down from £10.

The 2016 Moulin de Gassac ‘Albaran’ (5) is made from old vine Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon with some time in oak. It’s a perfect autumn red, full of cassis, spicy blueberries and plums. There’s a touch of vanilla too, and firm but mellowing tannins and a long finish. £10.50, down from £12.

Finally, the 2016 Moulin de Gassac ‘Elise’ (6), a half-and-half blend of old vine Syrah and Merlot. It’s full of soft, juicy, concentrated fruit with the smoothest of tannins. Although it’ll keep a year or so it really deserves to be opened immediately and knocked back with abandon. £10.50, down from £12.

The mixed case has two bottles of each wine and delivery, as ever, is free.

Written byJonathan Ray

Jonathan Ray is the Spectator's wine editor.

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