This was one of several wines presented by Soif Distributors of Detroit at a French wine tasting last night presented by Salut wines of Kalamazoo. A highly regarded but not very well known wine, Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge is made from a field blend that is primarily Cabernet but also 19 other grape varieties, including Syrah, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Montepulciana.
Very dark and deep. Deep, deep aromas of black fruits, truffles, mushrooms, cured meat. Fascinating wine. Same on the palate. Deep, deep fruit. Plums, blueberries, cassis. Packed tight. I don't know when this wine will open, but when it does, it will be peacock's tail.
The price ($50) is outrageous for a Languedoc wine, even though Robert Parker has raved about the wine and the estate. I was ready to dismiss it summarily on the basis of price alone...until I tasted it.