- Terrasses du Larzac, Languedoc, France
Amélie d’Hurlaborde started Mas d’Amile with her brother, Sébastien, in 2007, when they inherited a 2.5-acre parcel of old Carignan from their grandfather. As soon as the inheritance came through, they took over the parcel and made the wine from that year’s crop in their grandfather’s garage. Amélie now farms 10 parcels, doing nearly all of the work herself with some help from her husband, Jérôme. These parcels total 21 acres, all in the commune of Montpeyroux within the appellation of Terrasses du Larzac. The parcels lie between 150-400 meters in elevation at the base of the Cevennes Mountains and its plateaux—which is to say, hard up against the Massif Central, a dramatic backdrop at the very end of the Languedoc plain, roughly 25 miles from the Mediterranean. The vines average 40-years, apart from the 1930s-era Carignan plantation. Since the beginning in 2007 she has worked organically; more recently she’s been applying biodynamic treatments. She received official organic certification in 2022.