Episode 435 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Samuel Guibert, the co-owner and winemaker at Mas de Daumas Gassac in the Languedoc region of France.
Aimé Guibert was a legend in the wine world, someone who carved out an new estate in the Languedoc out of pure forest, and who went on to win worldwide acclaim for the wines produced there. Aimé’s son Samuel Guibert candidly admits in this interview that it can be hard to follow a father who found such success. Samuel is very aware of what his father achieved, and is clear in this interview about what he has done himself to evolve the style of the wines at Mas de Daumas Gassac. He also explains many of the unusual details that go into the makeup of a Mas de Daumas Gassac wine, from a highly irregular blend of grape varieties to a specific microclimate and soil type. And there is lots of historical context about the wines of the Languedoc region and the change that Mas de Daumas Gassac represented to the area when it was formed. If you are curious about what makes the wines of Mas de Daumas Gassac unique, this interview is a treasure trove.
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