Named for a 9th century saint who founded the Abbey of Gellone (a way station for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela), Guilhem is bottled by Mas Daumas de Gassac, the self-anointed but perhaps not misnamed “Grand Cru du Languedoc.” That the Guilhem wines so consistently retain their regional typicity, although designed for simple enjoyment and young drinking, has long been a point of pride for the Guibert family. The 2015 Guilhem Rosé is a no-risk, all-reward wine.
2015 Moulin de Gassac “Guilhem” Rosé, Pays d’Hérault, France
Equal parts syrah and carignane, sourced from vineyard parcels in and around the Bassin de Thau, the largest of a string of lagoons along the French coast from the Rhône to the Pyrenées foothills and south to Spain in the Languedoc-Roussillon département. The winemaking couldn’t be more straightforward: 100% de-stemmed, direct to press, 5-6 months in stainless steel et voilà! a dry pink wine you can drink year-round. We found ourselves drinking so much of it this spring and summer that we figured we oughta go on and sell some. If you’ve ever wondered what overdeliverance tastes like, here is a chance to check that off your list.