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Mas Roc de Bô was created in 2013 and was born from the ambition to offer a collection of unique wines, located in a setting entirely dedicated to the exceptional terroir that gave birth to them. The wind is regulated...Lire plus Learn more
Mas Roc de Bô was created in 2013 and was born from the ambition to offer a collection of unique wines, located in a setting entirely dedicated to the exceptional terroir that gave birth to them. The regular wind, particularly the Tramontane, reveals all the typical features of the terroir. This one offers us a breathtaking view of the Pyrenees. As nature is well done, the soil of Cazelles is covered with white stones that allow heat to accumulate during the day and return it to the vines at night. The altitude results in a late ripening of the grapes, giving the whites more freshness and aromatic power, despite a very dry Mediterranean climate. Of lunar appearance, the very structure of the soil differs from the surrounding terroirs. Ancient and mainly composed of limestone cracked over time, it is interspersed with thin layers of red clay or even humus that allow a good water regulation of the vine. It is easier to describe the Cazelles terroir as "ant" than cicada, as the vine takes root to find the water and trace elements necessary for its development.
Gontran Dondain bought this property in 2003, when he was already at the head of Château Cabezac. The 35 hectares of the estate are located on one of the most beautiful terroirs of the appellation, Cazelles. In 2011, Gontran will acquire the setting necessary for the production of the great wines of Cazelles: the Cave d'Agel, built in 1936 and located below the terroir. After a year of renovation, the cellar has reopened its doors for the 2015 harvest, with all the necessary equipment for the vinification of the parcels. To pamper this almost raw nugget from day to day, what could be more logical than the hands of a woman, Stéphanie Dondain, Gontran's daughter, who already works on the family property. It is therefore quite naturally that the management of Mas Roc de Bô is entrusted to him from the 2015 harvest, at the time of the opening of the Cellar. A direction that she is considering as a family with the support of Château Cabezac's teams. Since 2014, the Syndicat du Cru du Minervois has been working with the INAO to recognise the Terroir de Cazelles en Cru du Languedoc. The Cru Cazelles would then become the second Cru du Minervois with La Livinière.
Stéphanie put her feet in the vineyard gracefully and because of her family, her father it was him who gave her the desire. She says, "I don't think I'm passionate, I'm more down to earth. I don't have a Guru. But I think we all have to consider our land and respect what it offers us. My guru is "Life" so I am attracted to all those who seek to improve to protect and save our life on earth."
"What my wines have that is different from others is the origin of our grapes. They come from the "Cazelles" terroir, which is recognised as one of the best terroirs in Languedoc and on which 15 Producers work for a classification into Cru "Cazelles Minervois"... To be continued What annoys me in the world of wine is the arrogance of some people who believe that they are the only ones who make good wine. There are good wines and great wines in many countries other than France. But what I like is the diversity of the stories and personalities I meet in this world of wine. So many stories and culture it is very enriching and it gives an idea of the human adventure through time and all this over a glass of wine. it's beautiful the vine! Between you and me, I can't drink more than two glasses or I'll go to the bottle!"