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Corbieres
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Colours
Red, Rose, White (7%)

Area
12,192 hectares

Production
553,365 hectolitres

Ageing ability
2-5 years (>10 yrs for great vintages)

Grape varieties
Reds - Carignan (max 60%) Greneche Noir, Syrah, Cinsaur and Mourvèdre (for the rose)
Whites - Grenache, Maccabeo, Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Vermentino

Soil types
From the north to south - vast pebbly terraces, sandstone and marls; Limestone and Schists in the upper sector

Food Choice
Reds - Grilled beef, fricasse of ceps, cheese
Rose - charcuterie, artichokes, ham and garlic, pissaliadière
Whites - Stuffed mussels, squid, grilled fish, chicken with lemon, fresh goats' cheese

Corbieres

The Corbieres range is an arid mountainous massif, bordered to the east by the Mediterranean coast and to the south by the striking limestone barrier that separates them from Roussillon. The boundary to the north is the main Carcassonne to Narbonne autoroute and to the west a series of heights that includes for instance the Pech Bugarach.

This is a dominantly red-wine region that relies on the Syrah grape variety for richness and fruit, especially in the west of the area where the vines are slower to mature. In the east it is Mourvèdre, Carignan and Grenech Noire that give the vineyard its identity. The rich and unctuous white wines are definitely Mediterranean in character. The quality of this appellation is continually improving with promotion focused on the best terroirs, notably Boutenac, Durban, Lagrasse and Sigean.

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