Mas Gabinèle is a small vineyard located on the commune of Laurens, in the heart of the Faugères appellation in […]Keep Reading
Mas Gabinèle is a small vineyard located on the commune of Laurens, in the heart of the Faugères appellation in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. This part of the Languedoc, situated at the base of the Cévennes is quite hilly and the vineyards are surrounded by scrublands of garrigue: white oak (with truffles if you’re lucky) rosemary, thyme and cistus. The soils of Mas Gabinèle are Laurent-Cabrières sandstone-schist. A type of metamorphosed rock that is quite poor in nutrients and rather dry and sandy. Due to these soil qualities, yields are naturally quite low averaging between 20 and 30 hl/ha.
Thierry Rodriguez, the grandson of a winemaker bought his first vineyard in Faugères in 1997 and over the last two decades he has expanded the size of Mas Gabinèle to 24 hectares of vines, of which only 20 are currently in production. Farming is fully sustainable and only natural treatments are used in the vineyards. Harvesting is done entirely by hand with the first selection of fruit occurring in the vineyard. Once in the cellar the wines are fermented with long macerations between 20 and 30 days with gentle extraction – the low yields and the hallmarks of the schist terroir make for sinuous wines, so little effort is needed in the cellar to make these characteristics pronounced in the wines!