La Sauvageonne with John Sanderson – Love That Languedoc episode 42

I headed to La Sauvageonne in the Terrasses du Larzac and tasted some mighty fresh wines coming from the exceptional schist setting of the high Terrasses.

The schist at La Sauvageonne

The schist at La Sauvageonne

We talk about diversity of the Languedoc-Roussillon a lot, and this estate visit helps that conversation quite a bit. Even though it is our third visit to the Terrasses du Larzac area, we’ve got a totaly different style of wine. Furthermore, the climb from the village up to the owner’s house at the peak of La Sauvageonne offers a peak at how much terroir can change in just a short climb in altitude. From the rust-colored Ruffes slate to the nearly lunar rock landscapes of the higher vines, La Sauvageonne makes you realize how wonderfully fast the terrain can change in the Languedoc.

Another interesting feature of this episode is that John is a person who came to work at La Sauvageonne because he loved the wines. And after a few short years working there, he’s been put in charge. That kind of passion turned into profession is pretty fun and makes for a good conversation.

The wines:
Les Ruffes 2008, La Sauvageonne, AOC Terrasses du Larzac
Pica Broca 2008, La Sauvageonne, AOC Terrasses du Larzac
Puech de Glen 2005, La Sauvageonne, AOC Terrasses du Larzac

on the road up

Rusty ruffes colors

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