Mas Laval has been a family-owned vineyard for more than three generations and is situated in the town of Aniane, in the heart of the Languedoc in southern France. The small town lies 25 km inland from Montpellier on the Mediterranean coast; its vineyards are renowned for a unique geologic and climatic situation which has lead to very favorable reviews of famous area wines such as Grange des Peres and Mas de Daumas Gassac. An interview with the latter winemaker is featured in the documentary “Mondovino”. The local combination of deep, well-drained glacial limestone soils and cool night breezes from the nearby Larzac plateau favor production of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre grapes in Aniane, which have been the traditional choices for red wine since Roman times.
AOC: Vin de Pays de l’Herault
45% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 20% Carignan, 20% Grenache
The grapes are hand-picked, and each varietal undergoes separate vinification for at least 30 days, spend six to eight months aging, and are then blended and aged for a longer period in large oak foudres.