The appellation is located in the far west of the French winegrowing region Languedoc in the department Aude in the neighborhood of the areas Limoux (south) and Cabardès (north). The former VDQS area "Côtes de la Malepère" was classified in 2007 under the new name. The vineyards cover 500 hectares of vineyards on clay and limestone soils on gentle slopes of the foothills of the Pyrenees in 39 municipalities. The reds and rosé wines are blended from a blend of Bordeaux and Languedoc varieties.
The red wine is going out Merlot (to 50%), Cabernet Franc and Cot (to 20%), as well as optional Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ) and Cinsault, The rosé is made from Cabernet Franc (to 50%), as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Cot, Grenache Noir and Merlot (to 20%). Well-known producers are Domaine des Bruyere, Cave La Malepère, Domaine de Matibat and Cave du Razès and Château de Routier.