Moulin Gassac Chardonnay Pays d'Oc 23

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The Languedoc wine region, located in what's now referred to as Occitanie in southern France, is steeped in viticultural history that dates back to ancient times. The Greeks planted the first vineyards in Languedoc during the 5th Century BC, defining the region as one of the oldest wine-producing areas in France. Over time, Languedoc has grown into the largest wine-producing region in the world, featuring over 800,000 acres of vineyards.

This picturesque region, surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the Massif Central, presents a diverse range of terroir conducive to producing a wide variety of whites, reds, and rosé. Wine culture is deeply incorporated into the regional lifestyle and traditions, with vineyards most often passed down through many generations.

Mas de Daumas Gassac, located in the Languedoc region, is often referred to as the "Grand Cru of the Midi" -- a well-earned moniker, in my opinion. Véronique and Aimé Guibert purchased the estate in the late 1960., and with the help of renowned Bordeaux enologist Emile Peynaud, they released their first vintage in 1978.

The estate is now run by the second generation of the Guibert family, maintaining its tradition of excellence and commitment to producing fine, terroir-driven wines. Their flagship wine, Mas de Daumas Gassac Red, is a benchmark standard for the region.

The Languedoc, although more famous for its red and rosé, also produces splendid Chardonnay. Chardonnay from this area of Languedoc features distinct notes and nuances that remind me of village-level Chardonnay from Mâcon in Southern Burgundy. The Moulin de Gassac IGP Chardonnay, a product of the Daumas Gassac estate, is a prime example of this style.

The Moulin d Gassac IGP Chardonnay opens in your glass with loads of ripe fruit, delicate floral notes, and a subtle yet persistent mineral underpinning. This fresh white is all about freshness and features elegance and structure rarely found in wines at this price point. The middle palate continues with flavors of tropical fruits, citrus, and a leesy richness, finishing bright and clean on the palate.

Although it's perfect for relaxed sipping on the porch, this lively Chardonnay also complements warm-weather soups, salads, poultry, and white-fleshed fish.


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