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The Mas Janeil estate straddles a geological fault and contains a multitude of different soils and subsoils. Some plots in the granite and limestone scree of the Quéribus cliff are almost inaccessible!Lire plus Learn more
The Mas Janeil estate straddles a geological fault and there are many different soils and subsoils (schists, of course, but also limestone and granite.....) all on a steep slope to the south. Some plots in the granite and limestone scree of the Quéribus cliff are almost inaccessible! A semi-organic cultivation method induced by my knowledge of Biodynamics is applied. The fertilizers are organic (compost) and we cross ploughing to avoid grass (no herbicides). Yields are so low that we cannot accept competition from weeds. I push for the development of hedges between plots to block a little the dishevelled wind (tramontane) that often sweeps us away. But also to maintain a fauna and flora (especially the aromatic species, rosemary, thyme, laurel...) that participate in the life of the vine. I have a plot, the highest, where the wind is so strong that the vines have remained very small like "Bonsais"! I vinify the grapes separately. It is the "Pas de la Mule" (so called because it was a passage of Mule in the cliff to go to Cucugnan).
First tenant for 10 years and then retired from the previous owner, I bought the best plots of land in the estate, 30 hectares, as well as 60 hectares of barren moors that allow me to keep our friends the wild boars! No, but it was a whole and I kept access to the springs of the estate which later allowed me to set up irrigation on the driest plots. For a Bordeaux native well accustomed to high vine densities and profitable yields, this was a shock. I had to review several of my ways of thinking both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Fortunately, I had worked in other terroirs and I arrived with a very open mind. That is why I built a brand new winery to be able to apply a personal working method, very inspired by tradition, of course, but also with things like cold maceration in whole bunches, of which I am apparently the only user in this region.
It is a family business, for 4 generations the Lurton family, always winegrowers, have developed a large number of original and revolutionary techniques for the vine and the cellar. Damn it, you can't lie, as they say! Moreover, from the beginning of my new winery in 2011 I refused to use sulphur before and during fermentation. I have developed an original working technique that avoids all the defects inherent in wines not protected by sulphur.
"François Lurton has taken up the challenge in his Mas Janeil. Fan of sulphur-free wines and skeptical of plain wines, test this one its juicy fruit will bring everyone in agreement" says Sylvie Tonnaire in wine lands. "Or Michel Bettane" they have a lead in viticulture, winemaking and maturing that makes them by far the best currently."
In good Bordeaux I know how to make red wines but born in the middle of two seas, land of white wines, I am very attracted by white grape varieties.
I think that the white wines of Roussillon are even more original than the reds. They have their own expression that differentiates them from the rest of the world and makes them unique wines. So I replanted several white plots (white and grey grenache, macabeu...). The volumes are small but the wines are remarkable. We vinify them in 1/2 muy and eggs. I love these containers that I have been working for more than 10 years in other vineyards. They give a lot of creaminess to the wine and really allow the origin and terroir to show through. Here again Michel Bettane expresses himself better than me. "a perfect definition of local grape varieties.......the originality of true great wines..... We will admire the way the wood is integrated and the intensity of the texture. François Lurton opens a royal path for these colleagues if they share the same requirement."
"Requirement" would, I think, be the key word. Today, excellence no longer leaves any room for chance. You have to be natural, neat and caring. Nature will only express itself if it is given the means to do so.