At the heart of our vineyard lies a huge crater, created by the massive impact of a twenty metre-wide bolite meteorite, travelling in from south to north. At a mere ten thousand years old, it is one of the youngest of the known craters on the planet, one of the 50 largest in the world and the most easily identifiable in France.
The resulting effects on the land show remarkable similarities to the mile-long meteor crater in Arizona, the most famous in the world. In addition, evidence suggests that there are another six smaller craters in the Faugères region, reflecting the direction of impact and fragmentation of the main meteorite which fell on our land.
These are all believed to have been a siderite or iron meteorite, an extremely rare type containing iron and nickel, considered by specialists as the stars of meteorites. The structure of the rock beneath the crater is unique to areas of meteorite impact, with its high iron content resulting in as much as a ten degree change in the magnetic direction of a compass held in the crater depth, compared to that at the edge.
Within the bowl of the crater itself are Syrah vines, planted in two stages in 1984 and 1992. The grapes, and the wines we produce from them, taste quite unlike anything else grown in the region or in France – the effect, we are sure, of our astronomical history.
The vineyard is quietly nestled in the Haut-Languedoc national park and we are delighted to welcome visitors for tastings, walks and more. With sweeping views down to the Mediterranean and, at our heart, the huge meteorite crater after which we are named, it is a truly one-of-a-kind place to visit.
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