Mas Lasta Terrasses du Larzac Rouge 2019
Mas Lasta Terrasses du Larzac Rouge
Mas Lasta, 'the last', in Esperanto, like the last winegrowing footprint before the Larzac plateau in the commune of Saint-Privat, at the foot of the springs gushing from the Aveyron Causse.
Here, amid the Roquefort ewe-pens and the Lucquiers olive groves, Mas Lasta cultivates old Grenaches and Syrahs and some high-altitude Carignan up in the Terrasses du Larzac appellation, in an organic and artisanal manner.
"After my agronomic engineering studies and my oenology diploma in Montpellier, my passion for the vineyards and my love of wine took me all around the world (Australia, Spain, Uruguay, Canada, New Zealand and a few French wine regions) vinifying wine as a flying winemaker. I finally settled in Saint Privat on the high-lying land of the Terrasses du Larzac in 2015. I set myself up with 8 hectares of old, forgotten vines, planted in sandstone soil and backing on to the Causse Larzac, with the determination to bring this high-lying terroir back to life. As I’m a fighter by nature (I’m a fan of the French women’s rugby team known as 'les affamées' meaning the "hungry women"), I embarked on natural winegrowing by converting the vineyard to organic agriculture. I’m planning
new plantings to rejuvenate and extend the vineyards between now and 2025. I created Mas Lasta in 2016 to vinify these plots whose grapes used to go to the Cooperative.
The terroir is tough but I’m tougher and I’m always busy doing something! After planting another 4 hectares, I’m planning to diversify the vineyard by adding high- altitude fruit trees and to create a partnership with a sheep farmer... "