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TERROIR

[n.m.]

All the land in the same region providing a characteristic agricultural product.

Languedoc, the evidence of the 21st century 

The Corbières are the last foothills of the Pyrenees. Their formation begins in the Jurassic era, 203 million years ago. The movement of tectonic plates closed off the ocean space and transformed the sea into mountains. Our terroir is the fruit of the encounter between the sea and the mountain : majestic rocky landscapes under the influence of the Mediterranean climate. In our territory,the aridity is compensated by sea and north winds. and by rare and unpredictable rains. Here, Nature is wild and ruthless, but generous, for those who know how to respect it.

Deep down, where the vines feed, there is a unique sedimentary mixture composed of soil typologies from all geological eras (clays, dolomitic limestones, Cretaceous sandstone, molassic deposits from the Miocene to the Bartonian period...). The soils present a harmonious balance between stoniness and fine fraction offering the vine ideal conditions to ensure its summer vegetative cycle".*

This great mineral diversity is key to the aromatic complexity of our wines.

For a long time considered as vulgar table wines, Languedoc wines have begun to be recognized at their true value in recent years. Wines with character, intense and pronounced aromas and great authenticity. Characteristics that reveal the richness and great diversity of our region. Our bottles are a digest of the sensations that our region can give us.

* Inao Report for theappelation Corbières-Boutenac, 2004.

One Terroir, several Typicities

Each plot of vines is unique and has its own characteristics and found its identity. The installation of the weather stations allowed us to realize that the temperature, rainfall and winds are different on each plot. All these characteristics condition the growth and ripening of the grapes. A millilitre or a degree more or less therefore has a direct influence on the wine. An ever-increasing knowledge pointed of the characteristics of each plot allows us tointervene on our land in a more relevant and accurate way.. Our estate is a cradle of biological, geological and climatic diversity. This is what we want to demonstrate with our parcel selections.

Each range is the expression of the specificities of a plot. Our estate is an ecosystem. It is its diversity which is the basis of our identity.

Red Sandstone

Percolation

Clay

Water retention

Limestone

Friability

Red Sandstone

Mediterranean

Red sandstone is a sedimentary rock mainly composed of quartz and feldspar. It is more or less consolidated sand. 

In places, the sandstone is "not in place", i.e. it has been transported and has amalgamated with the other materials in contact. Its mineralogical composition is therefore complexified. When water is filtered by this type of soil (percolation) it is loaded with a wide variety of mineralswhich guarantees a beautiful aromatic complexity for the wines of these parcels.

On the surface, sand of sandstone origin slows down evaporation, a valuable feature to limit the impact of drought periods. Sandy textures are also less conducive to the proliferation of pathogens.That makes organic driving easier.

Red sandstone provides our wines with nutrients and protection.

The wine always feels its terroir.

French proverb

Clay

Corbières side

Clay is one of the minerals with the highest water retention capacity. It absorbs large quantities and releases them sparingly. It therefore guarantees a regular water supply without excess.

Its presence ensures the freshness and humidity of the soil. Combined with the Mediterranean climate it creates ideal conditions for the grapes to ripen well.

The stoneware-clay mixture is the key to wines full of freshness and complex aromas. The water percolated by the sandstone, loaded with minerals, is absorbed by the clay which nourishes the vines.

Limestone

Mountainous influence

Water is not retained in the calcareous soils over time. Roots are therefore regularly confronted with hydric stress. That forces them to go deeper into the soil to find water.

Porosity limestone favours this deep rooting. This reduces the impact of high temperatures and gives access to more water and mineral resources. Thus we have vines with a better resistance and longevity.

Clay soils-create balanced water stress conditions that offer us robust vines perfect for great wines..

Have a taste of our Terroir.