France: Languedoc Roussillon

Around Narbonne

The wines of the Corbières and Fitou areas
By Richard James

This Guide was last updated on 03 February 2010
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Chateau-Pech-Latt
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Château Pech-Latt

Address: Ribaute, 11220 Lagrasse
Tel: 04 68 58 11 40  Fax: 04 68 58 11 41
Web: www.louismax.com
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:5:59N (43.09962)    Longitude: 2:37:40E (2.62788) 

The charming Pech-Latt is off the beaten track, lying the other side of Ribaute surrounded by nothing but 100ha of vines, although it’s well-signposted whichever way you approach from. Regarded as a one of the leading lights in organic viticulture and in production of high class Corbières, the range is as handsome and complete as the old fading château itself. The 'basic' Corbières red is way above the average, and the old-vine and Tamanova cuvées show the kind of depth and complexity you can achieve from well-looked after, great Corbières terroirs.

General manager Philippe Mathias (the château is owned by Burgundy producer Louis Max) and his partner Sophie Guiraudon, who are based at Pech-Latt, have a small estate of their own called Clos de l’Anhel ('lamb fold' in the Occitan language) – see www.anhel.fr for full contact details. They’ve converted 9ha over to biodynamic viticulture and are already coming up with striking results, as demonstrated by three reds all built mostly from old Carignan: Les Autres, Les Terrassettes and Les Dimanches. You can taste them while visiting Pech-Latt, and Sophie could also take you up to their elevated vineyards if you arrange it in advance (you’ll never find this peaceful spot on your own anyway), where you’ll be greeted by three cheeky donkeys.

 

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