MAS DE LA LUNE
VANESSA AND MATTHIEU COURTAY
Located at an altitude of over 300 metres, in the heart of the Agly valley, the Mas de le Lune vineyards benefit from an extremely rich terroir of schist and granitic sand. The old vines that grow there are typical Catalan grape varieties: Grenache Noir, a gourmet grape variety, Macabeo, a very aromatic white grape variety, Mourvèdre, which adds tannins and spicy black fruit aromas, Carignan, that brings power and structure to red wines, as well as Syrah and Grenache Gris.
"With her head in the stars and his feet on the ground, they dreamed in the moonlight of a wine respectful of nature and the consumer".
That is how Vanessa and Matthieu decided to make a 180-degree turn, leaving their city life after training with Patrick Lescaret from the Causse Marine domain (a biodynamic domain for the past 20 years) and launching the Mas de la Lune in 2017.
The adventure began with a passion for wine, a desire to do their part in “taking care” of the planet, and a willingness to support life with natural methods, in tune with the lunar and planetary calendar.
The Mas de la Lune is an estate on a human scale: 5 hectares, then 6 and finally 7. No employees, just Vanessa and Matthieu who take care of everything, from the vineyard to the cellar, with one belief: "that wine is made in the vineyard”.
"As new winegrowers, we have the opportunity to make bold decisions; we have fun but we know how risky it is to work as naturally as possible without inputs or chemicals, while demanding that our wines be straight and perfect..."
They harvest all the grape varieties by hand and in crates. The cultivation method they use is biodynamic ands as natural as possible from the vineyard to the cellar. They basically use decoctions of plants, in respect of the environment and the consumer.
The Grenache, Macabeo and Carignan vines have an average age of 60 to 90 years old. The land is 5.8 hectares with an average yield of 15 hl/hectare. The number of bottles produced per year varies between 12,000 and 15,000.
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