The largest AOC within the greater Languedoc-Rousillon AOC is the Corbières AOC, one of the larger region’s best known growing areas. As quality wine production has become the focus within the Languedoc, and specific AOCs became designated in the mid to late eighties, Corbières was one of the first designations. The geographic size of the Corbières AOC naturally lends itself to a great deal of diversity and wine styles, as well as grape varieties.
Soil types, as well as varying weather patterns lend themselves to a range of wines from bright white wines, to rustic rich reds. The Corbières red wines crafted from Carignan, Grenache and Syrah have certainly built the region’s reputation but it’s pink wine show more than promise, they mark some of the region’s great wine success stories.
As one of the Languedoc’s long standing AOCs, the rosé wines made in Corbières are still subject to plenty of regulation. For rosé wines, a minimum of two grape varieties must be grown. Grenache, Lledoner Pelut, Mourvèdre, Picquepoul noir and Syrah must together make up at least 25 per cent of the plantings. A maximum of 75 per cent Cinsaut is allowed. Carignan, Grenache gris and Terret noir can together not make up more than 50 per cent of the plantings. A maximum of 10 per cent Grenache gris is allowed.
The region’s rosés mark the Languedoc’s great potential, and while the “other South of France” Provence is synonymous with rosé the pink wines from here make a case that Corbières can reliably produce some of France’s best values in rosé.
Dry as a bone and beautifully pale pink these wines indicate that there is a lot to like when it comes to the pink wines from Corbières. Ample aromas of early season stone fruit, citrus and raspberry and a bright, zippy palate of rhubarb, strawberry and notes of the signature garrigue.
Named for the village of Castelmaure, nestled in the Hautes Corbières, the hilly sub region near to the Mediterranean Sea, loaded with the signature garrigue. Castelmaure has 169 inhabitants, all of them grape producers and their children. This wine is aromatically fresh with cut strawberry and melon aromas with floral notes. The palate is vibrant ripe berry fruit, hints of stone and smoke, and a kiss of fresh mint.