The Languedoc is a vast vineyard region in the south of France, with around 300 000 hectares under vine. This is more than the entire vineyard area of Australia and New Zealand put together!
Naturally such a large region has a wide variety of soil types and climates. BLACKBERET comes from the Aude department, whose capital is the medieval walled city of Carcassonne.
All the vineyards for the BLACKBERET range have been selected on the basis of grape flavour and low-yielding vines. For the Chardonnay, we have chosen vineyards in the Carcassonne area and the Minervois. For the Grenache Syrah, soil type has been the determining factor with grapes sourced from clay-limestone terraces. And for the Pinot Noir, higher altitude vineyards have been chosen around the town of Limoux, cooled by the sea breezes from both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Traditionally, the Languedoc was planted with the Aramon grape variety, now almost forgotten, which produced vast volumes of light red table wine (much of it blended with richer reds coming the French colonies in North Africa).
This was gradually replaced with Carignan, along with better-quality varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. Since the middle of the 1980s, these have been joined by substantial plantings of internationally known varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, along with white varieties from the Rhône like Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier.
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