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In 1998, Thierry Rodriguez bought his first two plots from his friend Gabriel Mas, nicknamed "Gabinelle". In Occitan, "unà gabinelà" (pronounced "ouno gabinèlo") is a vineyard shed, the nickname he chose to name his estate. Since then, it is in the shade of his shed that he draws his inspiration.
Mas Gabinèle is a wine estate located in the commune of Laurens in the heart of the Faugères Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée in Languedoc. The relief is hilly, we are close to the Monts du Faugèrois, on the last foothills of the Cévennes.
Ideally located at an altitude of 180 meters, the vines are surrounded by garrigue, composed of plants typical of the Mediterranean region: maritime pine, white oak, kermes oak, rosemary, thyme, cistus, broom, strawberry tree, heather, ...
The soil is composed of Laurens-Cabrières sandstone schists. These are very poor soils, giving low yields: production varies according to the year between 20 and 30 hectolitres per hectare. The climate is typically Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. Thanks to the draining schist soil, the roots can plunge deep enough to get the moisture and nutrients necessary for the growth of the vine. Today, the estate has 20 hectares of vines in production. The grape varieties planted are carignan, mourvèdre, syrah, grenache noir, lledoner pellut and grenache gris.
Thierry Rodriguez, grandson of a winemaker, started his career in the export of Languedoc wines, then created his trading company in 1993. His selection is qualitative and after a few years marketing wines from passionate winemakers, he naturally wants to make a wine that resembles him. In 1997, he bought his first vines in Laurens, in the heart of the Faugères appellation, already famous for its magnificent schist terroir. The dream becomes reality.
Modest in size at the beginning, the estate gradually grew to reach today 20 hectares. This has allowed in-depth work to be carried out on each new parcel. The estate is named Mas Gabinèle; in Occitan, unà gabinelà means a vineyard shed.