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Corbières

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

They extend over 87 municipalities in the department Aude, There are efforts to split the large appellation. Structures already used internally are the four zones Hautes-Corbières, Corbières-Méditerranée, Corbières Centrales and Corbières d'Alaric, or the eleven subzones Boutenac, Durban, Fontfroide, Lagrasse, Lézignan, Montagne d'Alaric, Quéribus, Saint-Victor, Serviès, Sigean and Termenès.

In 2005 the small area in the center Corbières-Boutenac classified as an independent AOC. The red wine is classified in the highest quality category "Crus du Languedoc".

Vineyards in Corbières - in the background the ruined castle Aguilar

The 90% produced red wine is made from at least 2 of the 4 main grape varieties Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ), Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ) Syrah and Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ), as well as Lladoner Pelut ( Garnacha Peluda ) Piquepoul Noir and Cinsault blended. A maximum of 10% white varieties may also be used for the rosé. 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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