WINE OF THE MONTH
MOULIN de GASSAC
"Guilhem" Rosé 2014
Moulin de Gassac Guilhem from Pays D’Herault in the Languedoc is steeped in history, dating all the way back to 780 CE. Charlemagne’s advisor, St Benedict of Aniane, started the first vineyard in the Gassac Valley. Fast forward to 1970 and the Guibert family are looking to settle down the in the valley. Finding an old farmhouse in the valley and falling in love with it they decided this is the place. Now what to grow? With the help of Professor Enjalbert whom discovered that the soil was linked to the best vineyards in Burgundy, it was decided that vines where the choice. Then in 1972 the planting started with un-cloned Cabernet Sauvignon vines straight from some of the best Chateaus in Bordeaux based on quality and diversity instead of looking for yield or disease resistant qualities. From 1972 to 1978 construction transformed this beautiful farmland into a working winery. That year the first vintage of Mas de Daumas Gassac red was produced using 80% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was hard for the family at first. Having to label their wines “vin de table de France” coupled with the Languedoc’s history of so-so wines, the Guibert family pushed on overcoming the area’s history and proving to many that the area can produce amazing wines.
The Guilhem Rosé 2014 is vinified from 50% Grenache and 50% Carignan, grown on Jurassic limestone with a touch of clay and flint helping in the area’s great terroir. The juice was bled off after 10-12 hours of maceration and then put into stainless steel tanks where in was held for 5-6 months. With 12% alcohol the rosé is ready right out of the bottle showing a wonderful salmon color and beautiful strawberry, tangerine peel, rhubarb pie and peach blossom on the nose. The palate shows a delicate body of peach, mineral, lemon peel, and thyme.
The area is rich in wild herbs and plants, adding to the terroir. The valley grows some 50+ grape varietals all the while keeping care for the environment a top concern. Daumas Gassac is organic and only uses ewe (local sheep) manure and allows the local insects and birds to help in keeping the harmful bugs away. The gentle winter, dry spring, and moderate summer allowed the family to pick earlier than other vintages.
Open a bottle and see why the Divino crew choose this wine for WOTM. With 30 plus wines to choose from Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé won us over and we are sure it will win you over too.