“Wine is Dead” said Aimé Guibert, the famous winemaker behind languedocs’ most prized red wine. Of course, he was not talking about his own wines, but rather the trend of mass produced, manipulated wine made by “money worshipping corporations”. Guibert never used chemicals in the vineyard. When the corporation behind mondavi wanted to move in next door, clearing the forest to build a giant commercial tasting room – Guibert stopped them. That was ten+ years ago. Guibert died last year at the age of 91, but his wine and philosophy lives on in the natural and sustainable wine movement.
His most famous wine, Daumas Gassac is 100% Cabernet and is often compared to 1st Growth Bordeaux. This month we are featuring the little brother of this wine, called Moulin de Gassac. Instead of Cabernet, it’s made of local grapes Carignan and Syrah. It’s a simple and honest wine with great acidity and freshness. There’s a sense of minerality and earthiness here but overall it’s very easy going. It’s goes to show that you don’t need chemicals or flavoring agents to make an affordable wine.