Terrasses du Larzac is a unique and exciting site in the vast Côteaux du Languedoc, just west of Pic Saint Loup. Le Pas de l’Escalette is the historic trail linking the Mediterranean plain to the high Larzac plateau. Not long ago mules were the principal mode of travel along this challenging transitional landscape but more recently the completed A75 motorway has advanced the position of the automobile.
Julien Zernott and Delphine Rousseau began coming to the area in 2001 in the hope that some opportunity would reveal itself. He was well established in the Loire Valley as a consulting oenologist, principally for his work at Domaine Pellé in Menetou-Selon. The couple was now in search of a new beginning along the road less travelled. Among this postcard beautiful landscape they found that road in the form of an estate on the market possessing a collection of parcels super well situated and already being worked organically. Since acquiring the estate in 2003, they have only further elaborated that work and are currently in transition toward organic certification. Early on they worked out of a small cellar in the nearby village of Poujols but have recently completed a new facility outside of town which is allowing them to comfortably expand production as new parcels have been added since the original purchase.
Equal to the rugged terrain and dramatic scenery, the wines of Pas de L’Escalette are elegant, rounded and well balanced. They display wonderfully fresh and fragrant savory aromatics. We are very excited to introduce one of the pioneering domaines of this lesser known corner of the Languedoc to our California friends.