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Le Mas des Agrunelles Cariño 2022
Cariño comes from an old parcel of carignan located next to the estate, planted in the 1950s. The grapes are harvested in small crates and generally put into vats as whole bunches. whole bunches. In years when the stalks are not well matured, the bottom of the vat is de-stemmed. the bottom of the vat is destemmed so as not to extract any vegetal matter from the stalks soaking into the juice. Vinification interventions are minimal or even non-existent in some years. years. The wine is matured in 20 hl egg-shaped concrete vats for 7 to 8 months. The wine is bottled without fining or filtration on a fruit day with a waning moon. Total sulphite is less than 10mg/litre.
After studying wine and oenology, Stéphanie and Frédéric met in Montpellier in 1999. The training that followed, with winemakers involved in biodynamic viticulture such as Didier Barral and Olivier Jullien, encouraged them to combine their passions and go even further. By dint of their convictions and experiments, they quickly turned to organic and then biodynamic farming. Farming that respects the soil and winemaking that uses no intervention or oenological products enable them to produce lively, subtle wines: expressive wines that are described as lively and natural.
Situated in a particularly cool part of the Languedoc, in Argelliers and Murles, they have been growing organic grapes since 2003 and biodynamic grapes since 2010 on around 25 hectares of vines.
The estate lies to the north-west of Montpellier, on the Terrasses du Larzac, a terroir that experiences significant temperature variations between day and night.
Historically a land of sheep and charcoal, its austere climate makes it difficult to grow large yields. This climate, combined with our fractured limestone, harmonious viticulture and hands-off vinification, means that they can produce deep, light and balanced wines.