Domaine des Sauvaires Mas Sauvaire 2018
The Sauvaire family has been working the land around Crespian, in the Languedoc, since the mid-1600s. The winery’s buildings date from back then, and are still in use. Its 25 hectares (61.77 acres) of vines, planted to traditional Southern varieties, are scattered on a plateau with lots of small boulders and stones, and thus mainly
poor, sandstone soils. This forces the vines to work extra hard to find nutrients.
Hervé Sauvaire works the land here using ancestral methods, with no pesticides or chemicals. He believes in letting the vineyard work in conjunction with the land around it to find balance on its own, without man’s help. What little assistance he provides is in the form of compost made from the marc of his grapes. At harvest, everything is manually harvested.
Mas Sauvaire Rouge is Hervé's “house” red. In the glass, it is light but deep, with gorgeous purity of earthy red fruit, buttressed by some bright acidity and a shockingly long finish. This comes from some of his middle-aged vineyards on rocky clay soils, a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah, fermented in fiberglass tanks to preserve the essence of the terroir. -Vinotas Selections