Mas des Agrunelles is a Biodynamic estate in Argelliers in the Languedoc region of France. It was created by Frédéric Porro and Stéphanie Ponson, both of whom had family vineyards called La Marèle and Mas des Agrunelles respectively and which they united in 2000. They made their first wines in 2005.

Owners: Frédéric Porro and Stéfanie Ponson (husband and wife).

Vineyards: The vineyards are located 12.5 miles (20km) northwest of Montpellier in the neighbouring communes of Argelliers and Murles in 2000. This was the moment when they started performing micro-vinifications to see which plots worked best.

Organic, Biodynamic certification: 2010 First vintage with full organic certification. | 2017 First vintage with full Biodynamic (SIVCBD ‘Biodyvin’) certification.

White wines

Camp de Lèbre: Camp de Lèbre means ‘hare’s field’ in Occitan. 100% Carignan Blanc.

Fleur Blanche: 2011 Oc Blanc. Roussanne and Chardonnay. Hand picked. Light settling. To barrel. Lees stirred. Light filtration. Low sulfur. Slightly cloudy and phenolic natural wine style (Millésime Bio 2014).

Barbaste: From Marsanne, Roussanne, and Chardonnay in lower-lying, frost-prone parcels, the name ‘Barbaste’ deriving from the Occitan term for ‘gelée blanche’ (white frost). It is pressed in such a way as to to leave quite a high percentage of solids so as to minimise the potential wood taste and to preserve the wine from oxidation in the short period (a day or so) before ambient yeasts activate the alcoholic fermentation.

Pink wines

Rosé, Mas Nicot: 2011 15ppm sulfites (Isabelle Legeron MW: 2014, p.174).

Red wines

La Carino: 100% Carignan Noir. 1960s vines. Hand picked. Carbonic maceration with daily plunging of the cap.

Les Mauves Rouge: 100% Cinsault. Average vine age of 40+ years (in 2013). North-facing. Clay-limestone. Hand picked, destemmed, run by gravity to tank, then two days after the spontaneous alcoholic fermentation starts the grapes undergo pigeage, the idea being to create a gentle infusion extraction rather than heavy-handed over-extraction which would be the case with pumpovers (‘remontage’).

L’Indigène: 2011 Coteaux du Languedoc Rouge AOC. 60% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 15% Carignan. From the communes of Argelliers and Murles. Tank aged apart from the Carignan which is oaked for 12 months. A bit tight having just been bottled (Millésime Bio 2014).

Contact

Mas des Agrunelles

1471 Chemin de Fontméjeane

F-34380 Argelliers (Hérault), France

Tel+33 (0)4.67.55.67.44 | www.masdesagrunelles.com