Jean-Luc and Isabelle bought Mas Ferriol in Espira d’Agly in 2005 – it had been abandoned for 50 years. The Mas itself was built around 350 years ago and comprises of 25 ha in total (not all vines). After the war various different farmers farmed the land but Jean-Luc and Isabelle brought the vines back under the control of the Mas and converted them to organic viticulture. These vines grow on soil that is made up of schist and marl and are buffeted by the regions prevailing wind, the Tramontane, which blows from the Pyrenees.
Producer: Domaine Jolly Ferriol
Region: Espira d’Agly, Roussillon.
Size of vineyard: 8 hectares
Soil: Schisty Marl and stony clay
We enjoyed pairing it with: Appleby's Cheshire, Sinodun Hill.