The wines of the Corbières and Fitou areas
By Richard James
This Guide was last updated on 03 February 2010
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One of the largest ACs in France producing over 90% red wine, but also good rosé and some interesting white wine. The reds and rosés are blends using predominately Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah and the whites are blends mainly of Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc and Macabeu. There is a recently created sub-appellation for Corbières-Boutenac.
Appellation for reds only. There are two distinct pockets of vineyard area both bordering the Roussillon region, one is coastal and the other is located on the hilly terrain inland. Blended wines made from Carignan (minimum 30% to preserve its traditional style) with Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. The wines must be aged for nine months before sale, and the more serious cuvées are oak aged.
An extensive appellation for red, white and rosés with specific denominations which can be added to the main AC name. This micro-region includes La Clape, made in all three colours. Red and rosé La Clape wines are blends of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah (minimum 60% of these three for rosé and 70% for reds) with Cinsault and Carignan. The unusual whites have to have a minimum of 40% Bourboulenc. The Coteaux du Languedoc appellation name is being phased out.
Regional IGP (formelry Vin de Pays) covering the Gard, Aude, Hérault and Pyrénées Orientales departments. Over 32 different grape varieties are permitted and there is a great diversity of styles and quality. There are many smaller IGP designations within this area, which may be named after the department, a smaller zone or a river.
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