Vineyard and terroir
The vineyard and its wine Terrasses du Larzac

Domaine d’Anglas is a confidential vineyard of 12ha. It is located in the heart of a natural cirque of 115 hectares of preserved nature. It is oriented, to the south towards the Mediterranean, and to the north towards the Cévennes and Larzac. This is how he produced our famous Terrasses du Larzac wine!

Today, on the vineyard of Domaine d’Anglas, we produce 10 wines: 2 AOP Terrasses du Larzac, 3 AOP Languedoc, 2 IGP Pays d’Hérault, 2 Vin de France and 1 Vin Mousseux.

The estate’s wines reflect the personality of the Gaussorgues family:
Authentic, Generous and Respectful !

The key figures of Domaine d’Anglas :
Average altitude : 145 m
Year of conversion to organic : 1999
Area of vineyard : 12 ha
Annual production : 210 hl
Average yield : 17.5 hl/ha
Number of grape varieties : 8

The vineyards of Domaine d’Anglas

When Roger took over the vineyard, he continued to work on the old vines that belonged to is great-grandmother. These are the vines that are located in the plain, along the road. In these localities, Nicouleau and Les Plans Neufs, he cultivates very old Carignan Noir vines, some of which date back to 1941 !

In 1996, he decided to create new vineyards on land with high quality potential. They are located, in particular on the plateau facing the Château du village de Brissac. This requires a significant amount of clearing work. He undertakes this clearing work on a winter Sunday, accompanied by his wife Carole. They decided to remove the large blocks of rock that remained on the plot before planting the vines. But in front of this colossal work, they realized that they would not succeed alone! They finally decided to bring in a bulldozer after a year, to crush these huge rocks.

Low yields for a quality Terrasses du Larzac wine !

New plantings on this land took place between 1996 and 2001. Roger plants several grape varieties on various plots. Roussanne and Marsanne face the Château de Brissac (to make the white wines). The Syrah and Grenache face the Thaurac (for reds and rosés). These are used in the composition for our wine Terrasses du Larzac.

Once the vine was planted, it took 7 years to produce its first bunches of grapes. The yields are very low on these plots. No more than 25hl/ha ! It produces delicious small grapes that are full of sugar and sunshine. This vine gave the best of itself. What courage when you see where it is planted ! And let’s not forgot: our vines in white are small: 17.5 hl/ha !!! The cuvée “Face au château” has now become the iconic cuvée of Domaine d’Anglas !

The Terroir: between the Mediterranean and the Cevennes

Domaine d’Anglas is located on the Terrasses du Larzac appellation area. The terroir of the wines Terrasses du Larzac, a brutal rise of the Massif Central, being on the valleys of the Lergue and the Hérault. To the north, it runs along the foothills of Larzac, including Mont Saint-Baudille, culminating at 850 m.

The landscape, shaped by the natural curves of the Cévennes (World Heritage Site) and Seranne mountain, is breathtaking. It is also 30 km north of Montpellier, in the heart of the “Gorges de l’Hérault” a classified and protected site of 115 ha of nature. Here, the vineyards of the estate have all the assets to make great wines ! The terroir of the Terrasses du Larzac is the combination of the relief, climate, soil and winemaker of this region.

The Climate at Domaine d’Anglas: a Terrasses du Larzac wine

On our terroir, the continental climate descends from the foothills of the Cévennes. The Mediterranean climate is present because of our proximity to the coast. It is this association that makes the richness of the wines of our estate. Autumns and winters are cool and rainy. Springs are mild and rainy. And summers are hot and dry. It is the heavy rains, which are called here “Cevennes episodes“,which make the reserve at the top in which the vine draws in summer, when it needs it. The high thermal amplitudes between day and night, during the period of production of the vine, characterize our climate. They can reach more than 20 degrees in summer! This promotes a slow and gradual ripening of the grapes. In short, we obtain wines of remarkable freshness and great aromatic complexity. 

A draining soil, favoring the quality of the grapes

The soils and subsoils of Terrasses du Larzac wines are very varied. From a sandy-clay soil loaded with pebbles, through the red ruffes typical  of Lake Salagou, not to mention the clay-limestone soil dominated by high Jurassic limestone cliffs, the geology of this area is complex.

The soil of Domaine d’Anglas is mainly clay-limestone. In addition, the plateau, facing the Brissac Castle on one side and the limestone cliffs of the Thaurac on the other side, consists of essentially 90% pebbles. Here, the roots of the vines must go down very far to seek freshness. The richness of our soils has a direct impact on the profile of  our wines. As a result, the latter benefit from adept and complexity quite singular.

Qualitative grape varieties

At Domaine d’Anglas, the old grape varieties, mixed with the so-called “improver” grape varieties, make the richness of our wines.

Currently, to produce red and rosé wines, we have 5 grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache and Carignan Noirmainly. They are also the dominant grape varieties of Terrasses du Larzac wine. Because they each have their own organoleptic and aromatic typicality, associated together, they work wonders! Thanks to their properties, they give structured wines that are suitable for aging. Then, we complete some of our wines withCinsault and Aramon.  

Also, we are proud to produce two very beautiful white vintages thanks to our aromatic grape varieties. Roussanne,  mainly,  and Marsanne make up Petit Roy and Face au Château. To the latter, we add a little bit of Viognier.





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