Jonathan Ray Jonathan Ray

Wine Club 4 September

My longed-for trips to Greece and Spain are booked, England thumped India in the third Test, Spurs are top of the league (and Arsenal are bottom, that’s to say last, 20th out of 20, the back marker), and, having long abandoned any attempts at Alcohol-Free August, I’ve been drinking the wines of mighty Mas de Daumas Gassac all week courtesy of our friends at Honest Grapes.
I can hardly stop grinning.

M de DG is generally acknowledged to be the ‘Lafite of the Languedoc’ and if you’re new to its remarkable wines, crikey, you’re in for a treat. I envy you discovering them for the first time.

The 2020 Moulin de Gassac Picpoul de Pinet (1) is as fine an example of this increasingly trendy grape/wine as you’ll find. Crisp, lively and inviting, it’s deliciously rounded in the mouth, slightly salty on the finish and deeply refreshing. £12.90 down from £13.90.

The 2020 Pont de Gassac White (2) is a fascinating blend of Vermentino, Chardonnay, Viognier and Colombard. It gives little away on the nose but is mouth-wateringly creamy and herbal in the mouth and, although delicate, has weight on the finish. £15.40 down from £16.40.

The 2020 Moulin de Gassac Tèrra White (3) is made from Vermentino, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne and is richly flavoured, herbal, honeyed, lively and fresh. It has a decadently velvety finish too and I love it. £16.00 down from £17.00.

The 2020 Moulin de Gassac Syrah (4) is simple fare but spot on, part of the entry level varietal range. A rich purple, it’s gloriously juicy and jammy with plush ripe blackberry fruit, a touch of spice and tannin, fine acidity and a subtle savouriness. £10.50 down from £11.50.

The 2019 Pont de Gassac Red (5) is a soft, smooth blend of Syrah, Cabernet, Merlot and Carignan.

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