Mas Nicot

Languedoc-Roussillon, France


There are some estates that deeply strike your heartstrings; this is one of those. It is a relatively new estate that is run by Frédéric Porro and his wife, Stéphanie Ponson. The first time I tasted their wines, it was like tasting uninhibited energy. The life force of the wines was elegant, rich and intoxicating for the senses; it seemed they covered every beautiful floral and fresh fruit range with their white and red wines. As we finished our extensive tasting, Frédéric invited me to visit their vineyards. We drove miles away from everything into an uninhabited plateau that sits more than five miles from any nearby vineyards or commercial agriculture. Frédéric explained that after much research in geology and climatology, they set their sites on these vineyards out in the middle of nowhere, far enough away from any nearby agriculture so they could work as naturally as possible. They also did a lof of research to find a great terroir that is fed by cool northern winds that soften the effect of the heat of Southern France.

Lay Of The Land

The Coteaux du Languedoc is a large appellation that makes up the most eastern part of the Languedoc-Roussillon. Mas des Agrunelles and sister domaine, Mas Nicot, are situated just 20km northwest of Montpellier in the two small communes known as Argelliers and Murles. At 200m above sea level, this unique terroir sees some of the coolest microclimates in the region, keeping the freshness and acidity of the grapes desirably high. The soils are uniquely composed of well drained Jurassic Comblanchien Limestone and clay nearer the hill tops, as well as alluvial soils further down slope. It is a beautiful French region that is not at all overrun with tourist but only with extremely nice locals.