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Chateau La BARONNE - Ligneres family

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Chateau La Baronne, among the best estate in Corbieres.

Railwayman or winemaker? Winemaker or lawyer? This is a choice that the Linieres family has always refused to make. In their family, we are a doctor and a winemaker, from father to son and from mother to daughter. The Chateau La Baronne, a vast vineyard Corbieres, seems to welcome a good part of the practitioners of the small village of Moux! Andre Linieres at first, former village doctor and his wife Suzette, pharmacist. Then it was the turn of their children, John, who took over the cabinet of his father, and his wife Anne. But there's also Genevieve, the pharmacist-biologist and Paul, the family dentist. A siblings who "cares" for their vines as muche as for their patients, and who produces probably what is done best in Corbieres, but also some cuvees listed among the best Languedoc wines. This is the family legend!

And in terms of legend, the winegrowers of the Chateau la Baronne are served: it is on the mysterious mountain of Alaric (north buttress of the Corbieres massif) that their superb vineyard is. Alaric II, the great king of the Visigoths from 484 to 507, killed during the wars against the Franks, was buried with all his treasures in the mountain, at the bottom of the cave of the "Ducks' hole", made inaccessible by groundwater which emerge at Fontcouverte. Inherited from his father, the treasures of Jerusalem (including the famous seven-pointed candlestick), would always be hidden ...

Let's go back to our winemakers ... who qualify as "a team of enthusiasts serving the land of Alaric Mountain". Certified organic Chateau la baronne famille linièresby Demeter since 2008, the estate mixes tradition and innovation. Respect for the vineyard, enhancement of the terroir and sharing of a common passion pass above all else. Since 1957 the Linieres extend their domain by choosing some of the best terroirs of the mountain of Alaric, located between 100 and 200 meters of altitude. The terroir, (formation clay, sandstone and limestone) offers a very great diversity. Caressed (even sometimes a little more!) by an almost constant wind, the vines blossom under a climate sometimes like Narbonne, sometimes like Toulouse, between Mediterranean and oceanic.

Lovers and fervent defenders of the traditional vines of their appellation, they have an obvious preference for their very old carignans (some celebrate their 115 years in 2016). They also grow mourvedre, black grenache and syrah to produce their red wines, which account for 90% of their production. Their white grape varieties are white grenache, roussane, vermentino and bourboulenc.

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