About the Winery
The position of Château Mas Neuf, half way up the southern flank of the Costières de Nîmes is very special. The exposure to the sun is similar to that found in the Languedoc or Provence, but the proximity of lagoons and the sea allows it to take advantage of warm sea breezes drifting up from the Mediterranean. In summer we often see dew settle during the night and early morning, and we note temperatures 4 to 5°C (8-9°F) cooler than those found further inland.
At the Southern extremity of the Rhone Valley (a very warm region), this unexpected coolness is a real singularity which marks the selection of the most adapted grape varieties and on the style of wine. We call it the “Rhône paradox”.
The principal vineyards grouped around the winery have the advantage of being firmly planted on well drained brown fersiallitic soils, with a good proportion of Villafranchian era pebbles from the Durance and the Rhone. This soil ensures that the vines can get regular but moderate supplies of water. The differing depths and composition create micro terroirs with different characteristics, which we enhance by varying our viticultural techniques.
Thanks to the way we look after our vineyards, every trump card is played to help the vines express themselves most elegantly. We only use spur pruning techniques, such as Cordon de Royat and Gobelet. While the vine is growing, each intervention (de-suckering, disbudding, cluster thinning and topping) is used in such a way as best to adapt the vine to its micro-environment.
Most of our parcels are grassed over with care, and when essential, only organic fertilizers are used.
The environmental impact of everything we do in the vineyards is carefully considered. Thus their protection is done responsibly and sustainably, using pheromone traps and insecticides which cause the least possible collateral harm to other insects. 50% of the estate is grassed with seed mixtures appropriate to the parcels. Where the land isn’t grassed over, it is ploughed.