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The Mas, 5 hectares of vines located on a beautiful and captivating 40-hectare terroir between Montpeyroux and Saint-Jean-de-Fos, was almost in ruins when Erik Gabrielson fell under the spell of his energy and realized the potential he held, to create his own estate and a small corner of paradise: he immediately started the conversion into wine...Lire plus Learn more
Le Mas, 5 hectares of vines located on a beautiful and captivating 40-hectare terroir between Montpeyroux and Saint-Jean-de-Fos, was almost in ruins when Erik Gabrielson fell under the spell of his energy and realized the potential he held, to create his own estate and a small corner of paradise: he immediately started converting to biodynamic viticulture. The decision to wait three years and make his first vintage in 2009 was essential to ensure that the soil and grapes were healthy and cleaned of chemicals. The ecosystem began to regenerate, insects and small animals returned to the vines.
The history of the Mas dates back to the 13th century and it is said in the village that Philipe le Bel stayed there, which shows the age of the occupation of the place. The previous owner sold his grapes to the cooperative cellar and did not produce in his own name. We officially founded our estate when we bought the house and vines. This estate is the story of making a new wine in vines that are on average 50 years old. Being a new estate has allowed us to create a wine that is close to our ideals with our style, our personal touch and not to be linked to someone else's tradition. This implies being labelled Vin de France and not A.O.C., which means that you can be free to blend and produce single varietal wines. Luckily for me, I am not subject to the weight of history since I come neither from the wine world nor from a family of winegrowers over several generations. I grew up in Sweden, but I developed a love for the different French wine-growing regions when I was a young student. It is also during the frequent summer stays in Mèze in our holiday home that I developed a love for Languedoc and its inspiring landscapes.
Our approach is very simple: it consists in maintaining as much as possible the integrity and identity of each grape variety to allow them to express themselves individually. That's why it's so important for us to be labelled Vin de France in order to do little or no blending. Our approach is obviously different because of my lack of a wine-making past, I have to create my own history and not make someone else's history last. Being a winegrower means creating something concrete, fresh and exciting from the treasures that Nature offers us. It is a holistic experience for me and it means respecting nature by transforming grapes into wines with as little intervention as possible. My passion dates back to my university studies, I was using my university scholarship to buy Bordeaux wines as futures! Then in 2003, I read an article about Bernard Bellahsen, a winegrower who had been working his vines with horses and producing natural wine for over 20 years. My curiosity has been piqued because I have owned horses all my life and I love natural wine. I then visited his estate and tasted wine with him... I tasted his wine and I was amazed by the energy and complexity it emanated, it was a revelation for me in the way I enjoyed wine. It made me understand that being a winegrower means respecting nature, the soil and the grapes, in order to transform what it gives us in the most honest and natural way possible.