The story of how Mas de Daumas came to be has been well described; it begins with the purchase of the property by Aimé Guibert, a Parisian glove manufacturer; he and his wife Véronique were looking for a family home away from city life, and had no intention of making wine. They stumbled across Mas de Daumas Gassac, an abandoned farmhouse owned by the Daumas family in a valley shaped by the flow of the Gassac. The pair purchased the property and set about its renovation, but they also surveyed their land and naturally considered what they should plant there. It may have been olive trees, or a fruit orchard, had it not been for a friend of theirs who visited them in 1971.
The friend in question was none other than Professor Henri Enjalbert, the renowned oenologist, and it was he that provided the spark to light the tinder of Mas de Daumas Gassac. Whilst walking around the estate he recognised that the combination of the red glacial soils beneath the local garrigue, together with the altitude and the nocturnal currents of cool air that passed over the slopes made this an ideal spot for viticulture. His enthusiasm seemed to ignite a passion within Aimé Guibert and his wife; it was barely a year before the first vines were planted, the beginnings of perhaps the most significant Languedoc vineyard of all.
Mas de Daumas Gassac since then, has come to be described by some as the 'Grand Cru of the Languedoc' and by others as the 'Lafite of the South'