Totalling 20 hectares, our vineyards are set out in 32 different parcels spread across three diverse regions in the Languedoc-Rousillion. Within these regions there is a multitude of differing terroirs.
In the Corbière Maritime we have five hectares, on high alkaline soils of heavy clay and limestone. Here our parcels of Mourvèdre border shallow salt rich etangs between the villages of Peyriac-de-Mer and Bages. These vines, along with Carignan planted in 1905, form the core of Mire La Mer.
In the Haute Corbière, near the village of Villeseque, a walled 1.5 hectare hilltop plateau is the home of our Prioundo. Cinsault and Grenache Noir sit adjacent on stony free draining clay and limestone soil. Yield restriction and low disease pressure enable us to achieve high levels of ripeness, allowing us to realise a terroir that expresses balance, purity and elegance.
Between Fraisse-des-Corbière and Saint-Jean-de-Barrou, is the lieu-dit Freza, a cool site sheltered in a natural basin. Aspects of varying direction and gradient hold Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache Gris and Terret on a complex of limestone soils. Wild and isolated, with 3.2 hectares under vine and 2 hectares maintained as fallow. Natural waterways persist, combining with low input organic production to stimulate a diversity of life and our own aspirations of a complete biodynamic close-production system.
In the Vallée de l’Agly, Roussillion, we have 10 hectares. At Mas de las Fredas, a 2 hectare parcel of Llendoner Pelut and Syarh clings to a steep north-facing slope, with high acid soils of schistose marls. This is where the L’Extrême rouge comes from. On the same hillside, Grenache Gris is in a 1 hectare, 1895 planting, on a north-east facing slope, makes L’Extrême blanc. Without nurture, these low yielding vines on slow ripening aspects produce wines of intensity and acid retention. Other scattered parcels of Grenache Noir and Gris, Carignan, Macabeu and Muscat, on varying soil and subsoil types, make up L’Année blends and provide scope for our own experimentation and development in this region of great potential.