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Mas de Libian, Saint Marcel, Ardeche, Rhone Valley, France

Located in Saint Marcel d’Ardèche on the western side of the Rhône river, at the very end of the gorge of the Ardèche, Mas de Libian has belonged to the Thibon family since 1670. A family winery handed down from generation to generation, these 25 hectares have always been worked organically and are certified biodynamic by Demeter; the soils have been subjected to neither pesticides nor weed-killers. The vineyards are plowed by horse. A terroir bathed in sunlight, Mas de Libian proudly identifies as a southern French winery

The Terroir

From a classically Rhône terroir of rounded river rocks and red clay.

25 hectares of vineyards and 8 hectares of “nourishing” land (planted with olive trees, grains, hay, a vegetable garden and flower garden as well as a few beehives).

In The Vineyard

The vines were, from the beginning, under organic agriculture: they plowed the soils, hoed by hand in the spring, treated the vines with copper and sulfur, etc. A continuation of this philosophy and an important milestone for the domaine was being certified biodynamic in 2005.

A workhorse from Franche-Comté, with whom she plows 5 hectares of vines. Plowing the earth, with love and respect, in tune with the rhythm of a horse (quite a different rhythm from what we’re used to today) always brings a calm and serenity to life.

The Vegetal

Mas de Libian proudly identifies as a southern French winery by producing wines from a blend of different grape varieties (Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Counoise, Vaccarese, etc.)


In The Cellar

In 2011, the wine cellar space was doubled. This created space to keep a bigger collection of large oak barrels from various cooperages including Rousseau and Grenier but mostly comprised of 30/ 40-hectoliter barrels from Stockinger.