The origins of the particular landscape of the Causses are the plateaus of hard limestone situated to the north of the Minervois. In this terroir, usually colonised by a typically Mediterranean natural vegetation, but accompanied by some more mountainous plant varieties, the vine can be found at altitudes of 200 to 300m, sometimes a pioneer species.
Under a very thin covering of surface soil, red from the clay created due to decalcification, and usually covered in dazzlingly white stones, the weather-fractured limestone allows the vine to grow its roots deep in the cracks. This colonisation of the ground guarantees a water supply, which, although rationed, allows the vine to escape the summer heat. Also, the stony cover of the surface ensures the reverberation of the rays of sun favourable to the ripening of the grapes.