The vines are situated in the communes of St Saturnin, Jonquieres and Arboras between altitudes of 100-400 metres, at the foot of the Larzac, rich with the perfumes of the surrounding scrubland. The Herault is formed of vast stony, clay river terraces, which descend as far as the riverbanks.
The climate is typically Mediterranean, characterised by exceptional sunshine and the heavy rainfalls of spring and autumn, Saint Saturnin lies in the ‘corridors’ of the cold winds of the Tramontane and the Mistral, one coming from the north east, the other from the north west.
The vines are in the zone of the Appellation d’Origine Controle (AOC): Coteaux du Languedoc – Terrasses de Larzac, and benefit from the local designation: Saint Saturnin. The grape varieties are grenache blanc, et rouge, syrah, carignan and cinsault.
The vines are 25–50 years old and are cultivated organically; the yields are regulated in accordance with the wines. They are intentionally kept low, on average, less than 30 hectolitres per hectare.
Manual work is favoured as it allows, by using our own eyes and hands, to tend more closely to the individual needs of each vine and each parcel of vines.
After our years work the vines are all harvested by hand, the grapes are carefully sorted and selected directly from the vine and transported to the cellar in small crates holding 10-15 kilos.
The date of the harvest is carefully decided in accordance with the maturity of the grapes, the balance of sugar and acidity, and the maturity of the tannins. It is a key moment for the equilibrium and the finesse of the wines.