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Grande Réserve de Gassac Blanc 2017
Pays d’Hérault IGP, France

Lust for Life (1956)
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The rugged landscape of southern France lends itself to this wine’s concentrated notes of wild herbs and citrus just as it did to painter Vincent Van Gogh’s richly concentrated colors. Watch Kirk Douglas’ layered performance as Van Gogh in Lust for Life and enjoy the shared brilliance of director Vincente Minnelli’s lush palette and this white blend’s satisfying finish.

THE WINE

Often called ‘The Lafite of the Languedoc,’ the iconic Mas de Daumas Gassac estate has been praised by top critic Hugh Johnson for setting “an example of excellence.” Their Grand Vin white sells for over $40 – but because we go way back with the Guibert family, they craft a special Grande Réserve made in its image just for you. A succulent blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, it boasts a long history of goldmedal acclaim and layers of ripe, orchard-fruit flavor.

THE STORY

Aimé Guibert purchased Gassac Valley in 1970 and
released his Grand Vin red in 1978. Encouraged by its success,
Aimé became determined to craft a white version. White wines were
very rare in the Languedoc at the time, and famed enologist Emile
Peynaud tried to talk him out of it. Aimé persisted, planting several
white varieties in 1976 and releasing his Grand Vin white a decade
later. As this Grand Vin-inspired exclusive proves, Aimé succeeded,
and to this day, his family craft fabulous, top-quality whites.
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THE REGION

WM_MasdeDaumasGassac_GuibertFamily2014Hérault is a département in the Languedoc-Roussillon, a rugged swath of vineyards in France’s sunny south. The region’s famed, brushy landscape, known as garrigue, imparts enticing wild herb notes to the wines (which Hugh Johnson has described as having “real local character, a strong French accent, and remarkably attractive prices”). This fine white from the Guiberts is a perfect example.

WITH FOOD

chkn_cornishgamehensAs this cuvée is modeled on the top wine from the Languedoc’s premier producer, it’s worth trying a few sips (or more) on its own. But this complex white also marries well with a variety of foods. The Guiberts recommend garlicroasted Cornish game hen or vegetarian options such as a rich mushroom quiche. Soft cheeses like aged goat cheese or Brie also make a fine match.

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