Welcome to Domaine La Sauvageonne

"Welcome to La Sauvageonne online. At La Sauvageonne, we are passionate about our wines and are delighted to share some of our enthusiasm with you on the pages of this site. Our current range of wines reflects our commitment to the pursuit of excellence in wine making, we hope you will enjoy them." Gavin Crisfield - Winemaker & General Manager, La Sauvageonne.

Based in the Languedoc region of southern France, Domaine La Sauvageonne is a small yet dynamic vineyard producing an exciting range of wines for both european and international markets. Through the motivation of British winemaker Gavin Crisfield and the dedication of his team, La Sauvageonne boasts wines of exceptional quality and character; expressing both the region, and Gavin's rigorous methods of production.

About La Sauvageonne

Situated 50km north-west of Montpellier the domaine lies between Clermont l’Herault and Lodéve within the Terrasses du Larzac. The vines cover 32 hectares on a band of schist at an altitude of between 150 to 400m. A variety of well-exposed sites and the prevailing north westerly winds ensure that our vines reach perfect maturity with little risk of disease. All of our land is classified AOC Coteaux du Languedoc ‘Terrasses du Larzac’.

Although the domaine was planted some thirty years ago, La Sauvageonne changed ownership in August 2001. With our young and dynamic team we have selected certain parcels to create a new range of wines.
"Having searched for 18 months for the ideal terroir, it was clear from our very first visit that the potential for quality, at this domaine, was remarkable." Gavin Crisfield.

The use of chemical herbicides are avoided and vine treatments are kept to the minimum. We work the land and vines as much as possible by hand, with meticulous shoot and grape selection. This aids the phenolic ripening of the grapes and reduces the use of fungicides. Harvest is carried out between early September and late October; all parcels are harvested by hand and vinified separately; picking dates are determined by taste rather than analysis.

About Gavin Crisfield

"We endeavour to capture the purity of fruit and express the best from our ‘terroirs’ with respect to each vintage."
Gavin Crisfield - Winemaker & General Manager, La Sauvageonne.

Gavin began his career in the wine trade in 1988 at Kenwards Restaurant (Good food Guide wine list of the year) where he trained as Sommelier and started his studies with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

After a cycle tour around the world including several wine regions (Australia, California, France, Spain and Portugal) he pursued his interest in the trade by working for various prestigious restaurants and retailers.

In 1996 Gavin became a student of the first Higher National Diploma in wine studies based at Plumpton college in association with the University of Brighton, receiving ‘Honours’ in the W.S.E.T Diploma. During his studies he carried out several work experience placements, including a harvest at Domaine du Poujol in the Languedoc. Here, on finishing the two year course, Gavin was offered a full-time position enabling him to further develop his skills.

In the winter of 2000 Gavin was approached by an English Investor (Fred Brown) to source the best ‘terroir’ available in the south of France. In conjunction with ‘Vignoble Investissement’ the search lasted some 18 months until finally the ideal property presented itself. La Sauvageonne was purchased just before the harvest of 2001 and Gavin was installed as winemaker and general manager.

Gavin firmly believes that the key to good winemaking is based on a good understanding of vines and their terroir but most importantly, an experienced palate.

What is an automatic trash can?

The advent of technology in all everyday objects can sometimes be criticized. Regarding the trash, however, it is completely legitimate. Indeed, who hasn't already opened their trash with their fingertips by making a face?

The advantage of a sensitive bin is thus to avoid the user touching his bin while getting rid of this waste in a good mood. It is still necessary to select a durable automatic bin suitable for your needs.

The objective of this guide is to enlighten you on the different models present on the market, thanks to a rigorous selection which is detailed in this guide and in the articles. And thus help you find a reliable, aesthetic and especially suitable for your needs . To this end, you will find details of our tests in the articles and a selection of 3 of our best automatic bins classified by genre below in this guide.

In fact, an automatic bin is a bin whose opening is controlled electronically . As opposed to mechanical trash cans which must then be actuated by hand, or endless trash cans with pedals, which as their name suggests have a pedal that is pushed to open them.

The advantage of a sensor bin is therefore to offer the user perfect hygiene when collecting waste. Since there is no contact between the trash (and especially the old waste) and the user.

How does an automatic bin work?

Thanks to a presence detection device , the bin is able to recognize an opening or closing order. Order which is executed by a motor and its mechanism controlling the rocker of the bin flap . The technology used to detect this presence is infrared. Without going into detail but it remains simple: our body and all objects radiate in the infrared. So approaching the hand or an object close to the presence sensor, it detects a variation of the usual infrared radiation. This will control the opening or closing of the bin, allowing you to be free with your 2 hands to dispose.

An automatic waste bin is above all an electric waste bin insofar as it is electrically powered. This is done systematically using batteries. Obviously, the more the mechanism will be optimal, the more the batteries will stand the test of time.

If you hear about sensor trash or sensitive trash , it's the same thing again. Indeed, this type of bin has infrared sensors that detect the presence of a hand or an object and trigger the opening of the waste collector. We make sure these are sensitive enough to make your life easy when you want to get rid of your waste with cluttered hands.

The concentration of airborne germs or bacteria in a bin can reach up to 1,000 per cubic meter, so it's best to keep your hands as far away from the bin as possible. With an automatic bin , you eliminate the risk of coming into contact with germs and bacteria in your bin. And the hands-free operation of an automatic bin is not only more hygienic, it is also more practical.

The automatic trash among other types of trash

Finally, la poubelle automatique is most often found in the kitchen. Some will call it a kitchen trash can, but you'll have to be careful to differentiate it from the under-bin trash can . Indeed, the latter fits under the sink for maximum practicality. To learn more, we encourage you to discover the page of our site dedicated to garbage cans under sink.

In the category of modern automatic trash cans, we also have on this site new trash cans. First, the automatic vacuum bin or vacuum bin . But also, a little analysis of smart trash cans and their arrival in France.

Before making your purchase, ask yourself the question: Are you looking for a trash can to place only under the sink and sliding? Or do you prefer an independent and movable bin like the sensor bin?

How to choose the color of your automatic trash can
Whether you choose a red or black or even a white automatic bin, nothing changes regarding the mechanism, longevity or even capacity. And this is the object of our guide earlier. Now it is not uncommon for a manufacturer to offer only certain colors and you cannot find the one that interests you ... So you have to choose another model because the color is unavailable. Do not panic, we offer the best automatic bins in the most common colors.

Choosing the right bin for you: our evaluation criteria

To avoid a bad choice, we give you the list of criteria that we check . Some relate to appearance or dimension and here we can only let you decide. Other criteria are to be monitored, however, for a satisfactory user experience and we evaluate them in our tests.

The dimension : a large family in a house or a large apartment will undoubtedly need a larger bin than a single person in an apartment. It's up to you too.
Durability : the presence of electronics requires us to carefully monitor user feedback and eliminate unsustainable models.
Sensitivity : the bin must open firmly and when the hand approaches. Neither accidentally, nor too slowly.
Ease of bag replacement : as with mechanical waste bins, hygienic conditions must also be there when changing the waste bag.
The little extras : possibility of deactivating the presence detector, or activating with a button, etc.
Appearance : you will need to choose a bin whose aesthetics you like. In this comparison, there is something for everyone. Discreet trash cans, chic trash cans and more fun trash cans. Up to you!

The added value of a trash can to your interior decoration
By way of conclusion, the bin has become an object of ornament in its own right . So depending on its color, shape or material, it can give a boost to your interior design. In fact, the most versatile models are stainless steel items . Thus they will go hand in hand with a vintage, modern or design arrangement. They therefore represent a large part of our collection.

Do you need a contactless or automatic trash can?

The lid of a contactless bin opens on its own. Most automatic bins are equipped with a motion sensor. If you wave your hand or your garbage in front of the bin, the lid opens automatically. Some non-contact bins have a foot pedal. When you press the pedal, the cover opens.

Advantages of automatic bins

Gain de place
Many automatic bins have a compact design that takes up less space in your kitchen or bathroom than traditional bins.

Because you do not need to touch the trash to dispose of your waste, you are not exposed to germs, bacteria and viruses that may be present in the waste.

You can lock a trash without contact, so that your pets can not throw in the trash and put the brothel.

Time saving
Since you are not in contact with the waste, you will not have to stop in the middle of cooking to wash your hands after throwing something away.

You don't have to bend over or squat to open a touchless bin, so the design is much nicer on the back and knees.

Wider opening
Non-contact bins often have larger openings than other bins, so you can easily dispose of large items.

Although contactless trash cans are commonly used in kitchens or bathrooms, they are also a good idea for offices, where many people share a trash can.

What should you consider when buying an automatic trash can?
The motion sensor
It is important to know which characteristics to look for in the motion detector of a non-contact bin. Prevent accidental opening of the contactless bin by choosing a model equipped with an upward-facing motion detector. It is less likely to detect people or pets passing by, so the cover won't open when you don't want it to.

For the most convenient contactless control, select a bin with a sensor that detects movement as far as possible. Opt for a model that can detect movement up to 10 inches away. To make automatic bins even more hygienic, some models have an antimicrobial coating on the outside.

Choose an automatic bin with a waterproof motion sensor . It's common for liquids to spill inside a bin, so you want a sensor that won't stop working if it gets wet.

Automatic bins are available in a range of sizes from small 15-liter models to extra-large 100-liter models. The standard size of a kitchen bin is 50 liters. So it is a good option if you are not sure which size to choose.

However, if you want an automatic bin to be placed inside a cabinet, choose a smaller model that can hold 15 to 40 liters . On the other hand, if you have a large household that generates a lot of waste, a 40 to 60 liter automatic bin is a better option.

The material
Automatic bins are usually made of metal or plastic . The automatic metal bins are the most common. They are a popular choice because they are extremely durable and do not retain odors as easily as plastic. They offer an elegant look, too. While stainless steel is the most common finish, you can also find metal bins without contact with brushed nickel, gold, rose gold, bronze, and even colored finishes.

The automatic plastic bins are not as durable as metal options, and they are more likely to retain odors and stains. They are usually cheaper, however, and they are available in a variety of colors, including neutrals like black, white, and gray. If you opt for a non-contact stainless steel trash can, opt for a trash can with an anti-fingerprint finish to avoid stains.

The form
Automatic bins are available in square, rectangular, oval and round shapes . If you plan to use the trash can in a smaller space, a square or rectangular style is the best option because you can easily place the trash can in a corner. Round or oval automatic bins require more space, making it a better choice for large kitchens and bathrooms. For a space-saving automatic bin, opt for a square or rectangular shape.

Utilisation facility
The easiest automatic bins to use are those equipped with infrared motion detectors. Just wave your hand or the object you throw in front of the sensor and the lid opens and closes automatically.

An automatic trash can with a foot pedal requires that you step on the pedal to open and close the lid. These models are not difficult to use. But the elderly or the disabled or injured may find it easier to use a contactless bin with a motion detector.

The power
The automatic garbage with motion sensor require a power source. Most models are powered by batteries, so you don't have to worry about placing the trash can near an electrical outlet.

However, some contactless garbage cans are also equipped with a power adapter, allowing you to choose between battery or plug-in operation. The power adapter can be useful if the batteries in the bin are exhausted and you don't want to run out immediately to buy a new device.

Non-contact pedal bins require no power source to operate.
The type of batteries required for non-contact bins vary from model to model, but most use C or D batteries.

The filter
Some automatic trash cans have a charcoal filter that absorbs odors, so your garbage doesn't smell. This is a function for which you will pay extra, but it is worth it if you are concerned about odors. Keep in mind that you will need to periodically replace the filter in your non-contact bin, which increases the cost of the bin.

The closure
If you choose a non-contact trash can with motion sensor, it is best to choose a model that you can lock if you have pets or young children in the house. In most cases, the locking mechanism is simply an on / off switch for the motion sensor . When the motion detector is off, the cover does not open. Garbage does not spread everywhere on the floor if your pet or child knocks it over.

The most common questions about automatic trash cans
How long do the batteries last in a contactless bin?
The lifespan of the batteries in an automatic waste bin depends on the type of batteries and how often the waste bin is opened and closed. In general, the batteries should last about six months . Some contactless trash cans also have a power adapter that lets you plug the trash can into a power outlet.

Can I use ordinary trash bags in an automatic trash can?
Most automatic trash cans are compatible with standard trash bags of the appropriate size. However, some models are smaller than traditional trash cans. Ordinary trash bags are therefore not exactly suitable. Some manufacturers of automatic trash cans sell custom bags to ensure that the fit is correct.

What characteristics should I look for in an automatic trash can if I have pets?
Although automatic trash cans are often effective in preventing pets from entering the trash can, a large dog or other animal may be able to activate the motion sensor. To prevent your pet from falling into the trash can, look for a contactless trash can that locks so you can secure it when you're away to keep an eye on your furry friend.

How much do automatic trash cans cost?
The price of automatic bins varies depending on the material, size and other characteristics. But you can usually expect to spend between 30 euros and 150 euros. For a simple plastic or metal trash without contact, you will usually pay between 25 and 45 euros.

In the mid-range, for a small automatic metal trash can with special features, you will usually pay between 50 and 80 euros. Finally, for a large automatic metal trash can with a variety of special features, you will usually pay between 80 and 150 euros.

Our tips for using your automatic trash can
Always keep the motion detector in a non-contact, clean and dry bin. The bin may not open properly if moisture or debris blocks the sensor. Keep the bin motion sensor non-contact out of direct sunlight, which can prevent the sensor from working properly.

Place an automatic bin in a location where the lid is not blocked for opening or closing. This means that you may not be able to place it under a counter depending on the size of the bin. Be careful not to overfill a trash bag in a contactless trash can. Because a trash bag fits in a non-contact trash can tear easily when you remove it. You may also have trouble removing an overfilled bag.

Automatic trash cans usually have an inner lid that holds the trash bag in place, so you don't have to worry about it slipping into the trash can.

La Sauvageonne Wines


"We are delighted to present our current range of wines. At La Sauvageonne we strive for perfection at every stage of the winemaking process, the result is a unique range of wines each with its own carefully crafted character. Enjoy." Gavin Crisfield.

Puech De Glen 2001

Vin De Pays D'Oc 2001

Pica Broca 2002

Les Ruffes 2002


"The complexity of our wines comes from the diversity of our ‘terroirs’."
Gavin Crisfield.


Located on the lower slopes, between 100 and 150m, this red soil of volcanic origin gives supple and fruity wines often with a slight toasty note.

Varieties planted: Syrah, Grenache


A mixture of grit, schist and sandstone at an altitude of between 150 and 250m. This terroir offers excellent drainage qualities and produces wines with more elegance and notes of ‘garrigue’ (thyme, rosemary and wild flowers).

Varieties planted: Syrah, Grenache and Merlot.


A superb terroir with a variety of well exposed parcels situated between 250 and 400m. Consisting essentially of blocks of schist with magnesium deposits (a natural aid to phenolic ripeness) this terroir gives wines of incredible concentration with good balance due to the altitude and the mineral qualities of schist.

Varieties planted: Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Contact Us

For all enquiries, please contact general manager and winemaker Gavin Crisfield directly:

Domaine La Sauvageonne
Route de St. Privat
Tel: +33 (0)467447174
Fax: +33 (0)467447102



Press Information

For more information about La Sauvageonne please contact us directly.

Recent Press
La Sauvageonne has been receiving some excellent international press recently, including an entry into 'Oz Clarkes Wine Buying Guide 2004' (UK). Select a vintage below or simply scroll through (includes tireuse a biere):

Les Ruffes 2001 | Les Ruffess 2002 | Pica Broca 2001 | Pica Broca 2002
VDP D’Oc 2001 | Puech de Glen 2001

Ruffes 2001
Oz Clarkes Wine Buying guide 2004 Best Value under £7:
‘This is deep and dark, sure, but its wonderfully scented with outdoor violets crushed greedily in your hand and cast into a cauldron of sweet dark fruits-damsons and blackcurrants and loganberries all flung together in the dervish dance.’

Ruffes 2002
Malcolm Gluck ‘Super Plonk’ The Guardian Weekend Oct 11 2003:
16 points - ‘Soft and rich with clinging tannins.’

Pica Broca 2001
Malcom Gluck ‘Super Plonk’:
17.5 points - ‘Rugged yet graceful, chocolatley yet not absurd, rich yet full of spritley twists and turns, lovely compacted berries here with good, charcoal edged tannins.’ ‘Wine of the Week’ 25/11/03:
‘very rich and satisfying (without being absurdly heady), a great bottle to cheer a dark night.’

Guide Hachette 2003:
2 étoiles - ‘Une rouge sombre annonce des parfums puissants et complexes de fruits confits, de griotte, de poivre et de réglisse. La bouche est, elle aussi, puissante, dotée de notes de cacao et de café.’

Cuisine et Vins de France (sept-oct 2003):
‘Les Trouvailles du Moment.’ ‘Un nez fin, une densité gourmande et une belle longuer.’

Guide Hubert 2003 ‘Pierre Casamayor’:
‘avec de la garrigue, du fruit compotée. La bouche est très fruitée, généreuse, épicée. Finit très épicé, avec de la personnalité.’

Pica Broca 2002
Le Revenu Placements ‘se composer une cave idéale’:
‘Un rouge dense, mûr, velouté par la barrique, mais sans la lourdeur des cuvées excessives du languedoc.’

Revue de Vin de France ‘Millésime’ 2002:
‘Une cuvée dense mais pas m’as tu-vu, à la bouche ferme et de bonne longeur.’

La Sauvageonne VDP D’Oc 2001
Malcom Gluck ‘Superplonk’:
16.5 points - ‘Very ripe, urgent balsamic textured fruit of great weight and depth. Soft but broad shouldered tannins.’

Terre de Vin mars 2003 ‘Nouvelles Cuvées’:
‘ce superbe vin de pays d’oc à base de merlot, pimenté d’un zeste de cabernet sauvignon et de cabernet franc, à la texture concentrée et très savoureuse, aux tannins serrés, au fruité généreux, avec de fines nuances de paprika et de fumé.’

Guide Hachette 2004:
‘Ses arômes suggèrent la figue confite, les épices sur fond réglissé.’

Puech de Glen 2001
Malcom Gluck ‘Super Plonk’ The Guardian Weekend Oct 11 2003:
18 points - ‘A huge wine of great depth and lingering richness. It flaunts roasted berries, done to a turn, with coriander, grilled walnuts and a fine texture that is craggy yet graceful.’

Decanter August 2002:
3 stars - ‘Molasses, star anise, huge, tight tannins, big, complex, a keeper.’

Wine International January 2004:
95/100 - ‘Nice, dense, floral, fresh fruit with firm tannins and good acidity. Dense and concentrated with plum fruit.’

Terre de Vins Décembre 2003:
4 verres - ‘Ce vin d’un grenat vif exhale un bouquet complexe de cade, genévrier, romarin et ciste, il livre à l’aération ses petits fruits confiturés : mûre et cerise. Solide en bouche, la syrah lui donne d’énormes arômes de réglisse, de fruits noirs, d’épices grillées, une vraie bête à concours.’