Largest in Languedoc

Corbières appellation extends from Carcassonne’s gates to the ponds of Leucate and Narbonne, foothills of the Pyrenees at the foot of the Montagne Noire, on a surface of 118 square kilometers, in Languedoc-Roussillon wine area, Southern France. It is the name of Languedoc having the largest site. It produces around 55,000,000 liters of wines yearly on very diverse soils: shale, sandstone, limestone, marl. The relief is rugged, made of basins and slopes, and the territory is marked by three massifs that delimit it. The vine is cultivated at more than 400 meters altitude above the sea level at the foot of Mont Tauch, between Tuchan and Villeneuve des Corbières.

Versatile Soil of Corbières

The vineyards of AOC Corbières are segmented into ten soils, such as the terroir of Sigean or Duban’s terroir. The climate here is dominated by the Mediterranean influence, which is found in typical scrubland vegetation. The westernmost soils are subject to oceanic influences, with the following components: humid sea winds, altitude which causes a difference in temperature between day and night, exposure compared to the dominant ridges of the sub-massifs, which promotes drought. Several grape varieties are used in the production of red and rosé wines. AOC Corbières: Carignan, Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. The white wines come from the Grenache Blanc and Maccabeu grapes.

Taste designed by Nature

Red Corbières wines are fleshy, elegant, and have good aging potential. They are also characterized by roasting complex aroma, especially on the oriental soils that ensure a great maturity to the grape by the exceptional Mediterranean sunshine and dry summers. AOC Corbières wines in white are defined as ample and balanced, rich in aromas of exotic fruits. The rosé wines are light and fruity.

 


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A part of the important features of Corbières appellation for red wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Shale, sandstone, limestone, marl.
  • Taste: Elegant.
  • Wine color: Red and a dark ruby cherry color.
  • Aromas: Roasting.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 20 years.
  • Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C

 

A part of the important features of Corbières appellation for rose wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Shale, sandstone, limestone, marl.
  • Taste: Light.
  • Wine color: Rose.
  • Aromas: Fruity.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 6 years.
  • Serving temperature: 9 to 11° C

 

A part of the important features of Corbières appellation for white wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Shale, sandstone, limestone, marl.
  • Taste: Well balanced.
  • Wine color: White.
  • Aromas: Exotic fruits.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 3 years.
  • Serving temperature: 10 to 12° C

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Region Highlights

Surface: About 118 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Corbières
Grapes: Carignan, Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache Blanc and Maccabeu.
Types of Wines: White Wine, Rose Wine, Red Wine

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