CORBIERES

Corbières appellation covers 12,000 hectares and is the largest appellation in the Languedoc in terms of surface area. Its appellation area extends from Carcassonne to the foothills of the Pyrenees, in the Aude department.

CORBIÈRES WINE OF THE LANGUEDOC

The vine developed in Corbieres as early as the 2nd century B.C. during the Greek and Roman periods. Wars followed, then periods of peace, notably thanks to the Cistercian and Benedictine monks and the construction of the Canal du Midi which allowed Corbières to promote its wine. As early as 1908, a defense syndicate was organized among the winegrowers of the appellation and in 1923 the production area was finally delimited. It is only a few years later, in 1951, that the Corbieres wine is recognized in VDQS then in 1985 in AOC. The efforts of these passionate winegrowers finally paid off. In 2005, a Cru of the appellation, Corbières Boutenac, was born and it is the only communal appellation in Corbières to this day.

CLIMATE, SOILS AND CERTIFICATIONS OF THE APPELLATION CORBIERES

The climate in Corbieres is rather Mediterranean and the vegetation of the garrigue type. The influences are also oceanic due to the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea. The soils of the appellation are very diversified: schist, sandstone, limestone, marl. The relief is also diversified, made up of hills, ponds and basins as well as massifs which allow to delimit geographically its terroir. In all, the Corbières vineyard is thus segmented into 10 diverse and varied terroirs. Corbières is part of the appellations that live with their time and focus their development on the organic certification of the vineyard with 1900 hectares already certified organic and 2600 hectares in HVE3 in 2021.

CORBIERES RED, WHITE AND ROSE WINE

Carignan, Grenache noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault are the main grape varieties that grow in the Corbieres appellation area and make up the red and rose wines. The white wines are in the minority and are mainly composed of Bourboulenc, Maccabeu and white Grenache. The red Corbières wines have a good ageing potential and are generally warm and elegant. They are also characterized by roasted and spicy aromas. The white Corbières wine is well balanced and has a nice aromatic framework, generally focused on exotic fruits. Finally, the rosé wines of the appellation are rather light and fruity. We present you a domain that perfectly reflects the terroir and the spirit of the Corbières appellation: Château La Baronne.

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