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Vin de Pays de L'Herault Wines

While Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon may be the most respected wine producing regions in southern France, Vin de Pays wines are continually gaining attention by consumers. With the consistent Mediterranean climate (the entire wine producing area lies on the coast of the Mediterranean sea) and limestone ridden soils, the Vin de Pays de l’Hérault Wine Region has become one of the standout Vin de Pays areas in southern France. Like the rest of southern France, the wines are commonly blends of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. But rather than being required to adhere to stringent AOP regulations, the Vin de Pays de L’Hérault designation has more lenient requirements, including the authorized use of international varietals in the blends. For detailed reviews and ratings on these unique red blends, check out our Vin de Pays de l’Hérault Wine Ratings.

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95
points

Mas de Daumas Gassac 2001 Cuvee Emile Peynaud Red (Vin de Pays de L'Herault)

  1. $123

A limited production (2,500 bottles) wine, named after the great Bordeaux enology professor who was in at the birth of the Mas de Daumas Gassac estate. Pure Cabernet Sauvignon, this bursts with ripe fruit, with new wood flavors and with great intensity from the low-yielding old vines. This promises great things, but it also needs patience - wait at least 10 years.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2004)
94
points

Mas de Daumas Gassac 2004 Réserve de Gassac Sélection Guibert Red (Vin de Pays de L'Herault)

  1. $38

A big wine, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, explosive with deep, dark flavors, brooding and intense. This special selection of the best wines from Mas de Daumas Gassac has black fruit, great richness and opulence, a powerhouse of wild flavors. But there’s also an underlying structure that means it will age, and age well.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2006)
93
points

Mas de Daumas Gassac 2002 Red (Vin de Pays de L'Herault)

  1. $50

The big wine, the grand vin from Daumas Gassac is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with more typical Languedoc varietals. It shows structure and impressive elegance to go along with its power. Flavors of dark plums and black fruits go along with the layer of wood. Considerng the poor vintage, this doesn't miss a moment of richness. Ideally age for 10 years or more…

 — R.V.  (12/1/2004)
92
points

Mas de Daumas Gassac 2004 Red (Vin de Pays de L'Herault)

  1. $38

When Aimé Guibert set up the Mas de Daumas Gassac vineyard, he aimed to show it was possible to make top-quality wines in the Languedoc region of France. He succeeded, and continues to succeed, as this 2004 vintage estate wine shows. It is packed with generous, ripe, very dark, dense fruit, herbs and an almost intangible layer of wood.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2006)
91
points

Mas de Daumas Gassac 2004 Réserve de Gassac Sélection Guibert White (Vin de Pays de L'Herault)

  1. $38

The legendary white of Daumas Gassac is a blend of Viognier, Petit Manseng and Chardonnay, with small quantities of grape varieties from Georgia, Armenia and Madeira. It’s fat and full-bodied, but manages to retain some fresh acidity. It’s definitely the play of flavors—thyme, green plums, some wood—that make it so fascinating. A wine that will age over the next…

 — R.V.  (12/31/2006)
90
points

Mas de Daumas Gassac 2003 White (Vin de Pays de L'Herault)

  1. $50

This southern classic is full of ripe fruit, but tempered with complexities of herbal flavors, citrus and ripe fruit hanging on a summer day. It is beautifully integrated, and should age over 10 years.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2004)
89
points

Laurent Miquel 2005 Nord Sud Syrah-Viognier Shiraz-Viognier (Vin de Pays de L'Herault)

  • Best Buy
  1. $13

Although the blend of Syrah and Viognier is northern Rhône, the wine itself comes from the Languedoc, to the south. It has good concentration, which allows the ripe black fruits to fill the glass with fine perfumes and soft tannins. Allow this wine to breathe a couple of hours before drinking—its structure deserves it.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2006)
89
points

Moulin de Gassac 2003 Le Mazet Old World Red (Vin de Pays de L'Herault)

  • Best Buy
  1. $11

This is a blend of all the typical varieties of Languedoc - Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Alicante and Cinsault. A rich, generous wine it is marked by a dusty tannic structure by flavors of blackberries and bitter cherries, and by a completeness from a well-judged blendin.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2004)
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