Mas des Cabres

Languedoc-Roussillon / France

At A Glance

Winemaker(s)

Florent Boutin

Appellation

Languedoc-Roussillon

Varieties

Vermentino, Roussanne, Viognier, Muscat de Hambourg, Grenache, Cinsaut, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Syrah

Farming

Terra Vitis

Quote

Mas des Cabres = “Farmhouse of the goat”

Their Story

“A unique aspect of my vines is that they are the same parcels that my great grandfather cultivated. They haven’t changed for almost 100 years.” — Florent Boutin

Mas des Cabres is a fourth generation family domaine whose presence in Asperes dates back to 1724.  The domaine is located between Nimes and Montpellier, in the foothills of the Cevennes mountains.  The name “Mas des Cabres” corresponds to a lieu-dit where the vineyard was planted, where sheep were raised in the 18th century (Cabres translates to goats in the Occitan language).

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Florent believes his wines to be the outcome of pristine farming. Organic viticulture is practiced and the winery is certified sustainable by Terra Vitis.

In 2003, Florent Boutin decided to start bottling his family’s wines. His inspiration comes from their land and his cuvées seek to expresses the life that thrives within his vines nourished by the limestone and clay soils they thrive in.

Interview with Florent Boutin, Owner and Winemaker of Mas des Cabres

Where were you born and raised? I come from a family of winemakers in Asperes, but I also work 9 years in Cotes du Rhone (Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Rasteau, Châteauneuf du Pape...). Since I was young, I always wanted to follow my father in the vineyard and cellar. If you could briefly describe your approach in the vineyard what would it be? Our approach follows Terra Vitis (sustainable viticulture). Respect the rhythm of the vines and of the wine, conserve the ecosystems, such is the state of mind that we follow. At each step, intervention is minimal so that the wines express their natural potential. What excites you most about your vineyards? I like being in the vines as much as being in the cellar; the vines for the pleasure of working in the middle of nature; the cellar because every vintage is different and you have to reveal the best of the terroir each year. A unique aspect of my vines is that they are the same parcels that my great grandfather cultivated. They haven’t changed for almost 100 years. If you could say one thing to the sommeliers who are introducing people to your wines for the first time, what would it be? Minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar in order to best express the character of the wines. What is your favorite type of music? My favorite music changes over time. Currently, I’m into listening to “Showbiz” from Muse often. If you could have any superhero power, what would you choose? The power of going back in time. Visit Mas des Cabres Website