Château la Sauvageonne, "Sublime Nature"
A SYNERGY OF EARTH AND FIRE
La Sauvageonne is a child of fire, cast in the image of the dream of its feisty former owner, who developed the estate. Its climate is one of extremes, with days scorched by the sun and nights cooled by the effects of altitude (between 150 and 350 meters), and currents of cool air that descend from the Larzac plateau.
The landscape is marked by the area’s volcanic past that surroundsthe Lac du Salagou,rich with basalt columns, swathes of schist and red soils known as ‘ruffes’. These are emblematic of the appellation, Terrasses du Larzac, and particularly pronounced at La Sauvageonne.
Nature at La Sauvageonne is as wild as it is generous. The biodiversity of the area makes it the kingdom of wild boars, but also a land of olive trees, including the regional Lucques du Languedoc, and of course, of vines.
THE CHEMISTRY OF SCHIST AND RUFFES
The terroir is split between the famed red ruffes and zones of sandstone and phonolitic schist, also known as ‘singing stones’.
A raw natural power resonates here, as Gérard Bertrand immediately realized on his first visit, he recalls in his memoirs :“During my first visit I was struck by the sheer force of the landscape, the contrasting colors of the soils and the harmony of nature here. The beauty of the environment reinforces our desire to preserve its biodiversity, reminding us that nature is both our heritage and the future of humanity.”
Great diurnal amplitude in summer slows grape ripening, ensuring remarkable aromatic precision in the wines. The diversity of the soilmade it possible for each variety to be planted in the most suitable terroir, where they would achievetheir most beautiful expression. Owned by Gérard Bertrand since 2011, Chateau La Sauvageonne has been farmed biodynamically since 2012. The wines have been certified by Demeter since 2015.
Each variety has its own repertoire of harmonies, which enables us to compose blends in which the virtuosity of their expression is at its zenith. On top of the objective aromatic complexity, La Sauvageonne offers truly telluric wines, with a quality of tannin and mouth feel that reflect their volcanic origin. As a whole, the wines of La Sauvageonne are disarming through their sensuality and elegance.
The white Grand Vin is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino and Viognier,all from schist terroirs. The delicate Grenache Blanc is fermented in stainless steel tanks, while the other varieties are fermented in barriques so that their expressive characters gain roundness and further complexity.
The rosé, La Villa, is an iconoclastic wine, critically-acclaimed and recognized as one of the best rosés in the world by The Drinks Business. It is made from a co-fermentation of Mourvèdre, Viognier and Vermentino, blended with Grenache.
The red Grand Vin reconciles the heart and spirit of Grenache Noir on schist, blended with Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan planted in ruffes soils. The fusion of different and complementary terroirs creates incomparable aromatic complexity and silkiness of texture.