Jean-Claude Mas, first-generation winemaker, fourth generation grape grower, and owner of Les Domaines Paul Mas, is a leader in fine winemaking in the Languedoc region of Southern France. Since taking the helm of the family winery in 2000, he has prioritized sourcing the highest quality grapes from twelve privately-owned estates and premier growers in the Languedoc to make wines of authenticity and refinement. The result is a collection of charming wines that burst forward with the warmth and stunning beauty of the region. Within just a few years of its launch, Arrogant Frog has become the mascot of all the Paul Mas estates. Jean-Claude has shown that with creativity, expertise, and humor, the wines of the Languedoc find eager drinkers across the globe. Arrogant Frog wines are a perfect representation of Les Domaines Paul Mas’ philosophy of “Le luxe rural,” rural luxury. Château Arrogant Frog encompasses 20 hectares of vineyards in Grand Cru Limoux, 15 of which are organically farmed and five are certified Terra Vitis. The vineyards sit at 200 meters elevation and are rooted in stony limestone-clay soils of the prestigious AOP Limoux and IGP Pays d’Oc. They face north in a heavily maritime-influenced area of the region. The grapes are hand-harvested while the vines are pruned using the Guyot simple and Cordon de Royat methods. Despite their Old World roots, Arrogant Frog wines will appeal to more New World palates with fresh, bright fruit and unique varietal character.
Jean Claude Mas is one of the most dynamic winemakers I've met over the past 15 years. He has reached well beyond what one could expect to accomplish in such as short amount of time, and I believe this is largely due to his ambition and innovative spirit. "JC" as he is called by friends and family, really wants to push the envelope of quality and estate-driven wine production for the Languedoc region in Southern France. We got to know each other in 2018 when my family and I were in Europe. JC said he was open for a meeting and we snuck over on a cheap flight from Venice. At one point we were at dinner with my two boys and three of his four girls (all under 10 years old) and we looked at the clock... it was 2am and the kids were still up! We had so much to talk about. JC is such a creative thinker and one of the leaders for the region.
Mostly clay and limestone with some sand, gravel, and chalky areas.