Frédéric Porro was an aspiring Motorcross rider until an accident left him in a wheelchair. His disability led him to a new passion - wine - after his sister asked him to put together the wine list for he restaurant. From that moment on, he became devoted to the grape. Mas des Agrunelles came about from his collaboration with Stéphanie Ponson – owner of Mas Nicot – in 2005 near Murles in Languedoc.
Stéphanie et Frédéric met in 1999 while studying enology in Montpellier. The name of the estate comes from the fact that there are a lot of wild sloe trees around the vineyards and sloe is ‘Agrunelles’ in old occitan. The couple make wine with the same diligance and passion as other biodynamic winemakers have before them, such as Didier Barral and Olivier Julien. It all began with experimentation, trial and error- but they quickly moved from organic vines to a fully functioning biodynamique vineyard and winery. They are proud to produce natural wines of high quality.
Located in a cooler area of the Laguedoc, the domaine is located on the Terrasses du Larzac, north-west of Montpellier. The vineyards are situated in Argelliers and Murles, and have been cultivated organically since 2003, and biodynamically since 2010. They cover about 59 acres over clay-limestone soils. This particular wine is sourced from vines planted on fractured jurassic calcareous soils with a north-west facing slope.
The fruit is manually harvested, and takes place over the courses of a couple days as they only pick during the cool temperatures of the early morning. Each plot is vinified sperately. Fermentation begins rapidly in thermo-regulated tanks, with indigenous yeast and no added sulphur. Light punchdowns occur daily. This maceration lasts about 1 month, followed by aging in tank for 2 years. Unfined and Unfiltered.
This wine has a biodynamic structure, with similarities to Syrah’s from Northern Rhône. Aromas of violettes, dried petals and hints of leather with great freshness and depth.
Fantastic on it’s own, served chilled, or with an elegant charcuterie plate.