The Cave de Labastide de Lévis is a co-operative founded in 1949 in Marssac-sur-Tarn, Gaillac, 50 km east of Toulouse. Situated on the banks of the river Tarn the vineyards spread across the various terroirs of the Gaillac region, from gravelly clay to chalk and limestone, and are affected by the climates of both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The mildness of the Atlantic influence reduces the risk of frost and provides much needed moisture to the vines, while the Mediterranean influence provides the generous warmth that ensures ripeness and phenolic maturity in the grapes.
Local natives like mauzac, the wonderfully named loin de l'oeil ('far from the eye', so named because of the distance of the bunch from the budding place), braucol (aka fer servadou) and duras alongside sauvignon blanc, gamay and syrah, are used to make a wide variety of styles.
In particular, they were the originators of the Gaillac Perlé style, a light, fruity white wine with a delicious spritz (the perlé) of bubbles to lift the palate, first made here in 1957 and now a blend of mauzac, loin de l'oeil and a little sauvignon blanc. The co-operative has not been slow to modernise both their methods and their equipment to maintain their successful trajectory.