Corbières AOC

Corbières AOC

Description to Corbières AOC

Appellation in the south of the French winegrowing region Languedoc from Narbonne on the Mediterranean coast about 50 kilometers inland. South of it closes the AOC Fitou, in the north the AOC Minervois at. It was classified as AOC in 1985 and belongs to the second quality category "Grands Vins du Languedoc". The vineyards cover about 13,500 hectares of vineyards with a variety of soil types with slate, sandstone, limestone and marl.

They cover 87 municipalities in the département Aude, There are efforts to divide the big appellation. Already used internally are the four zones Hautes-Corbières, Corbières-Méditerranée, Corbières Centrales and Corbières d'Alaric, or the eleven sub-zones Boutenac, Durban, Fontfroide, Lagrasse, Lézignan, Montagne d'Alaric, Quéribus, Saint-Victor, Serviès, Sigean and Termenès.

In 2005, the small area located in the center became Corbières-Boutenac classified as a separate AOC. The red wine is classified in the highest quality category "Crus du Languedoc".

Vineyards in Corbières - in the background the castle ruins Aguilar

The 90% red wine is made from at least 2 of Carignan Noir's 4 major carcinogens ( mazuelo ), Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ) Syrah and Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ), as well as Lladoner Pelut ( Garnacha Peluda ) Piquepoul Noir and Cinsault blended. For the rosé also a maximum of 10% white varieties may be used. The white wine is made from Grenache Blanc ( Garnacha Blanca ), Macabeu ( Macabeo ) Roussanne. Marsanne and Vermentino manufactured.

Well-known producers are Château Aguilloux, Château d'Aussières Château la Baronne, Château Beauregard Mirouze, Château le Bouïs, Domaine de Fontsainte, Château de Lastours, Château de Luc Les Rives, Château des Ollieux, Château les Palais, Château la Voulte-Gasparets, Domaine du Vieux Parc and Domaine de Villemajou.

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