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Le Mas des Agrunelles L’Indigène 2022
L’Indigène is from 60% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 15% Carignan on limestone clay soil. The harvest, manual, is vinified in the traditional way.Each plot is vinified in a separate vat.Once destemmed, the grape is placed in vats using a lifting belt so as to maintain the integrity of the berries.The tank is then closed hermetically.Fermentation often starts or takes a few hours, always with native yeasts and without sulfur.The vinification is as gentle as possible, simply by infusing the cap of marc. Maceration lasts about a month.The devatting is dictated by the daily tasting.Ageing takes place in concrete vats and terracotta jars.Withdrawals protected from the air take place during the winter.The wine is bottled without fining or filtration in fruit day and moon descending, the only sulfur added is at that time at 2 g per hectoliter.
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.