The whole winegrowing zone around the Canal du Midi, especially that part situated to the south / south-east of the Minervois, is the one that is the most influenced by the Mediterranean Sea (barely 30 km away as the crow flies). It is characterised by temperatures that are often higher than the average for the Minervois, with overall ranges tempered by the maritime influence. Rainfall is fairly well distributed over the course of the year, allowing regular nourishment for the vines. The soil types alternate between eroded sandstone of varying depth and stony quaternary-era terraces that allow varying degrees of filtrations.
This is the the Minervois’ most precocious zone of (from 2 to 3 weeks ahead for the harvest compared to later sectors) and guarantees the rapid and regular ripening of the grapes. For grape varieties that need a lot of heat, like Mourvèdre. it is the zone of choice.