Mas Des Agrunelles Barbaste
Grapes: Chardonnay, Roussanne
Mas des Agrunelles is the project of Stéphanie Ponson and Frédéric Porro in Argelliers and Murles on the Terrasses du Larzac, North-West of Montpellier in Languedoc. Unlike the typical wines of the region, Frederic and Stephanie make delicate and subtle wine with gentle extraction. Rather than focusing on varietals, each of the 12 Mas des Agrunelles cuvees showcases the terroir of individual parcels covering 25 hectares and a range of soil types from fractured Jurassic limestone to red marne. Biodynamic principles are followed down to the bottling on fruit days, and when possible in the descending moon.
Barbaste is 50% Chardonnay and 50% Roussanne from limestone soils of the north facing plots of Mas Neuf in Argelliers. Fermentation takes place in amphora with native yeasts, before elevage in a mix of amphora and stainless steel. Bottling takes place a little before spring with a very low dose of sulphur. Full Bodied and textured with notes of stone fruit, quince and honey, backed by a nice touch of freshness for balance.