"We endeavour to capture the purity of fruit and express the best from our ‘terroirs’ with respect to each vintage."
Gavin Crisfield - Winemaker & General Manager, La Sauvageonne.
Based in the Languedoc region of southern France, Domaine La Sauvageonne is a small yet dynamic vineyard producing an exciting range of wines for both european and international markets. Through the motivation of British winemaker Gavin Crisfield and the dedication of his team, La Sauvageonne boasts wines of exceptional quality and character; expressing both the region, and Gavin's rigorous methods of production.
Situated 50km north-west of Montpellier the domaine lies between Clermont l’Herault and Lodéve within the Terrasses du Larzac. The vines cover 32 hectares on a band of schist at an altitude of between 150 to 400m. A variety of well-exposed sites and the prevailing north westerly winds ensure that our vines reach perfect maturity with little risk of disease. All of our land is classified AOC Coteaux du Languedoc ‘Terrasses du Larzac’.
The use of chemical herbicides are avoided and vine treatments are kept to the minimum. We work the land and vines as much as possible by hand, with meticulous shoot and grape selection. This aids the phenolic ripening of the grapes and reduces the use of fungicides. Harvest is carried out between early September and late October; all parcels are harvested by hand and vinified separately; picking dates are determined by taste rather than analysis.