Log in for prices and ordering

Mas de Libian: Delicious Biodynamic Ardèche - Vin de Pétanque ’22 & Friends

Mas de Libian: Delicious Biodynamic Ardèche - Vin de Pétanque ’22 & Friends

“The southern Rhône is a place of great abundance; sometimes the skill of the winemaker is knowing when less is more. These are generous wines but there are no excesses; the result is a range of wines with great clarity and energy that aren’t tiring to drink.” Matt Walls, Decanter

 View the full available range from Mas de Libian here.

If the last years have taught us anything, you can’t keep a good vineyard down. Hélène Thibon’s vines are made of stern stuff. Last year Mas de Libian’s vineyards came through frost, hail and torrential downpours with flying colours, with yields the only casualty. This year the vines had to contend with heat, extreme drought and then a blast of the notorious Sirocco wind that blew across the southern Rhône at hurricane-like speed. Yet, once again, Hélène’s vines have come up with the goods.

The Vin de Pétanque is an absolute joy. There is more succulent density than last year’s release, yet not at the expense of energy. It’s impossible not to love. Mas de Libian’s rosé includes a good slug of Counoise—a variety that Thibon loves for its high acidity and wild strawberry fragrance—lending this release a shimmering freshness to what is one of the most beautiful rosés of the Rhône Valley. Finally, the domaine’s fragrant Cave Vinum proves just how sophisticated the whites in this part of France can be in the right hands. If there is one fly in the ointment, it is that our allocation of Pétanque is on the low side—lovers of this wine, in particular, please make haste.

The Wines

Other Recent Releases

  • Domaine Alain Graillot
    Domaine Alain Graillot
    Those words from the late Josh Raynolds serve as a fitting introduction for those unfam...
    Those words from the late Josh Raynolds serve as a fitting introduction for those unfamiliar with this great estate. It is the highest-rated domain...

    Read more

  • François Chidaine
    François Chidaine
    The Loire Valley’s Touraine region may be home to some of France’s grandest châteaux, b...
    The Loire Valley’s Touraine region may be home to some of France’s grandest châteaux, but when it comes to its wines, few growers have shown the sa...

    Read more

  • Girlan
    Girlan
    For all the riches it has to offer the wine world, the alpine melting pot of Alto Adige...
    For all the riches it has to offer the wine world, the alpine melting pot of Alto Adige remains a secret largely guarded within Italy’s borders. Fo...

    Read more

  • Nadeson Collis
    Nadeson Collis
    As you can tell from Mike Bennie’s Freudian slip, Ray Nadeson and Maree Collis are craf...
    As you can tell from Mike Bennie’s Freudian slip, Ray Nadeson and Maree Collis are crafting some of Australia’s most original and adventurous spark...

    Read more

  • Spinifex: The White Wines
    Spinifex: The White Wines
    As one of the Barossa’s most influential figures of the last few decades, Pete Schell h...
    As one of the Barossa’s most influential figures of the last few decades, Pete Schell has been a key player in reshaping the narrative around moder...

    Read more

  • Mezcal Unión
    Mezcal Unión
    We recently had the pleasure of hosting a force of nature, Alejandro Champion, one of t...
    We recently had the pleasure of hosting a force of nature, Alejandro Champion, one of the founders of Mezcal Unión. On the back of Alejandro’s visi...

    Read more

  • Château des Tourettes
    Château des Tourettes
    There can’t be many winemakers who have notched up more stars in France’s leading wine ...
    There can’t be many winemakers who have notched up more stars in France’s leading wine guide than Jean-Marie Guffens. At last count, he had five in...

    Read more

  • Chichibu, Yuza and Akkeshi
    Chichibu, Yuza and Akkeshi
    Today, we’re delighted to offer a small selection of rare spirits from three of Japan’s...
    Today, we’re delighted to offer a small selection of rare spirits from three of Japan’s cult distilleries: Chichibu, Akkeshi and Yuza. Few independ...

    Read more

  • Recaredo
    Recaredo
    It’s not often you come by a sparkling wine producer where the quality and unique chara...
    It’s not often you come by a sparkling wine producer where the quality and unique character of the wines, not to mention the quality of the farming...

    Read more

View All Offers