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Between Pezenas and Tourbes, in the heart of Languedoc, our estate is located between the causses of Larzac and the Etang de Thau, between the rocky lands of the ascent of the larzac and the sandy lands of the Mediterranean shores. These lands see the passing of the Cévennes episodes that circulate between the mountains with the refreshing air of the still mild Mediterranean....Lire plus Learn more
Between Pezenas and Tourbes, in the heart of Languedoc, our estate is located between the causses of Larzac and the Etang de Thau, between the rocky lands of the ascent of the larzac and the sandy lands of the Mediterranean shores.
These lands see the Cévennes episodes that circulate between the mountains with the refreshing air of the Mediterranean still mild in autumn, but also the flows of rain from the Larzac into the underground aquifers dug for centuries when the sea was present in the Côtes de Thongue appellation, of which the estate is part.
Our father acquired these vines in 1994 in the heart of the Languedoc region at a time when the region was beginning its wine transformation towards superior quality vintages.
The historical Languedoc grape varieties (Aramon for example) disappeared in the 1960s to give way to other varieties such as Merlot or Syrah on small plots around villages (particularly the "circulating" villages found in the Herault). The 90s saw the emergence of small estates around 10ha grouping several of these small parcels and favouring reasoned agriculture, leaving room for local varieties such as Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre.
Here at the Domaine de Sarus, our first vintages are intended to be a mixture of several of our influences. Between vegetable and mineral. Between the local grape varieties (Syrah in particular) and the sweet grape varieties of the Atlantic coast, which appeal to different taste sensations always on the fruit.
The name of the Domaine de SARUS and our first vintages comes from Asian travels and writings evoking this great bird, the SARUS crane, which in Chinese and Japanese cultures evokes many symbols of longevity. In Japanese culture, this bird (Tsuru in Japanese) symbolizes the "inochi nagai" (a long life) and is often represented with a turtle (tsurukame) also symbolizing longevity.
We want wines that can be tasted without delay but also that can be kept and discovered several years later, just like our vines that are enriched with the years that pass and an eco-system that respects the flora and biodiversity: The estate hosts hives, iris fields, olive groves that benefit from the work of the vines as part of a conversion to organic farming.