Mas Gabinèle, at the heart of Faugères, has been producing wine for the premium market since 1992 under the watchful eyes of experienced winemaker Thierry Rodriguez.
Its 23 hectares of vines, a mix of Syrah, Grenache, Lledoner Pelut, Carignan, Mourvèdre and a few old Grenache gris, are on schist soils, comprised of hard, dense rocks, layered with minerals. This high quality but demanding terroir naturally produces low yields, at around 25hl/hectare. The Mas has an impressive track record of awards and medals, most recently winning a Platinum Medal for its Inaccessible red 2019 at the Decanter World Wine Awards. This is partly down to Mr Rodriguez’s good farming sense, which is captured in his motto – you can’t get good produce without good grapes and you can’t grow good grapes without respecting nature. To ensure only the most beautiful and healthy berries are retained, the grapes are harvested by hand before being carefully sorted and transported to the vineyard’s winery built in 2013, which boasts 20 cylinder stainless steel tanks. All of the equipment has been carefully selected to ensure the grapes quality is preserved throughout the entire winemaking process. The winemaking process is carried out gently to avoid excessive extraction and are matured for 12 to 18 months in oak vats after fermentation. The premium winery is on the hunt for reliable distribution partners at this year’s show where they will be presenting a selection of their premium bottles.