32 communes in a ‘V’ of 45kms by 20kms in the centre-north of the Hérault, bounded to the north by the Causse du Larzac which rises to over 800m at the Pic Saint Baudile :
Aniane, Arboras, Argelliers, Le Bosc, Brissac, Causse de la Selle, Ceyras, Gignac (partie), Jonquières, Lagamas, Lauroux, Mérifons, Montoulieu, Montpeyroux, Moules et Baucels, Murles, Octon, Pegairolles de Bueges, Pegairolles de l’Escalette, Poujols, Puechabon, Saint André de Sangonis, Saint André de Buèges, Saint Félix de Lodez, Saint Guiraud, Saint Jean de Buèges, Saint Jean de Fos, Saint Jean de la Blaquière, Saint-Privat, Saint-Saturnin de Lucian, Soubes, Usclas du Bosc.
Type of soil : geologically very varied : stony clay and sandy soil, red soil ‘ruffes’ in horizontal layers - muddy limestone dominated by high Jurassic limestone cliffs. Along the Hérault : stony cryoclastic limestone deposits with pebble covered terraces rising above the river banks.
Climate :The zone’s climate has wide temperature variations but its distance from the sea and proximity to the Causse means it enjoys relatively cool summer nights. These result in the grapes maturing slowly and steadily, which is beneficial to their colour, whilst also encouraging the wines’ aromatic qualities and fresh characteristics. The average altitude is between 80 and 150 metres rising to a maximum of 400m in the commune of Saint Privat.
In 2004 the Terrasses du Larzac were recognized as a separate denomination of the AOC Coteaux du Languedoc. This recognition involved imposing land parcel boundaries, as well as specific production rules so as to guarantee top quality and reflect the terroir’s unique qualities.
Wine production started with the Romans, but took off seriously under the influence of the Benedictine abbeys. More recently 3 generations of wine producers have made a huge contribution to the quality revolution in the Languedoc.
A group of men and women
Nowadays, a group of 70 mettlesome, passionately enthusiastic producers are responsible for the Appellation’s dynamism. They’re determined to preserve the terroir and ensure their wine increasingly reflects its unique qualities.