Le Mazelet is a family-owned organic vineyard nestled in the foothills of the Cevennes national park, west of the Rhône valley, at an altitude of 210 metres. The microclimate of the valley, with protection from the strong, northerly, Mistral winds, brings bright sunny days and cool nights towards the end of the season, allowing the grapes to achieve optimum maturity. Our terroir of clay limestone soils gives structure and fullness to the wines.
Five hectares of organic vineyards are planted with red grape varieties (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and new plantings of Cinsault and Pinot Noir) and white grape varieties (new plantings of Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Vermentino). The vineyard is grassed every other row, for reasons of biodiversity and quality. No herbicides and pesticides are used, and the use of copper sulphate and sulphur are limited. Wildlife abounds. In spring, the vineyard echoes to the sound of frogs and in summer, the rows of vines are alive with insects, lizards and birds.
Our philosophy is to stay as close to nature as possible, both for the grape growing process as well as the winemaking. All our grapes are selected and hand-picked in the vineyard. The wine is made in Le Mazelet cellars using spontaneous fermentation from indigenous yeast cultures. By preparing a pre-culture (‘pied de cuve’) just before harvesting, and by regulating the temperature, we ensure an effective and controlled primary fermentation. All the wines are bottled on site.
The venture is a collaboration between Kim Nasmyth and Ronald van Breemen. In 2012, Oxford-based biochemist, Kim Nasmyth, bought the small, run-down vineyard and with the help of family and friends, set about restoring it. He was joined by Ronald van Breemen, a Dutch hotel professional, who has lived and worked in France since 2003. Together they share a passion for making organic wines with character and authenticity, under the watchful eye of oenologue Matttieu Lequeux.
The Mas du Mazelet overlooks the terraces, vineyards and olive grove. Legend has it that one night in October XVII, during the wars of the Camisards, this 17th Century presbytery was attacked by a group of Jean Cavalier’s men, the leader of the protestant Cévenol insurgents. The priest’s life was spared in exchange for a good dinner and a glass of wine.
Points of Sale
- Restaurant Auberge de Valestalière, Monoblet
- Restaurant El Gusanillo, St. Hippolyte du Fort
- Restaurant Le Cevenol, Anduze
- Le Garage des Cévennes, Anduze
- Restaurant Le Real, Durfort
- Le comptoir d’Evèsque, Sauve
- Bistro de la Tour, Sauve
- Restaurant LE R, Uzès
- Winebar Restaurant Le Cheval Blanc, Nîmes
- Restaurant La Balade Gourmande, Soudorgues
- Restaurant Epices & Tout, Alès
- Entre Terre & Vignobles, produits du terroir/caviste Anduze
- BIOCOOP Anduze
- Bar à vin Le repaire du mammouth, Durfort tel: 07.77.80.69.98
- Le cellier de Florian, Sauve Tel: 06.71.47.83.59
- Les Vignerons de la porte des Cévennes, Masillargues-Atuech
- Les caves de St-Jean, caviste St Jean du Gard
- Alimentation Utile, Lasalle Huile et Vin, caviste Alès
- Le Marchand de vins, caviste Uzes
- Comptoir Méditerranéen, Vins et saveurs du Sud, Bellegarde
- The Gastronomie House, Lyon
- Les Bons plans du vins, Brochon
Travel to the beautiful wine region of the ‘Piemont Cévénol’ and visit our privately run vineyard. You will be taken on an escorted tour of the vineyard where the winemaker will provide an overview of the grape growing and wine making process. In our ‘petit’ cellar you can see, smell and taste our range of wines.
Duration: 1.5-2hrs Price: 5€pp All year round by appointment +33 6188.8.131.52
Kim Nasmyth & Ronald van Breemen
Mas du Mazelet,
30140 Saint Félix de Pallières,
France TEL: +33(0)6 17 25 56 87
OPENING HOURS: June, July, August and September Wednesday-Sunday 11.00-19.00 and throughout the year by appointment
photography by Jelle Mulder & Norbert Wabnig
web design by Laura Nasmyth & Eyefinity Media