The Corbière (1) covers some 15,000 hectares and is one of the largest appellations in the Languedoc.
Like the Minervois, Corbières best wines are red. Depending on the area they will have between 40 to 60% of Carignan, 25% to 35% Grenache, Lladoner Pelut and Syrah, in addition Mourvèdre, Picpoul, Terret, Cinsault, Macabéo and Bourboulenc.
The best Corbières wines can now hold their own with the classic French vintages of Bordeaux and Burgundy, and prove it by regularly snapping up prizes at national competitions. Some of the very best wines, by their nature, are produced in small quantities and it is rare to find them outside the region of production.
White wine from Corbières must be 50% of Bourboulenc, Grenache blanc and Macabéo, plus Clairette, Muscat blanc, Picpoul, Terret, Marsanne, Roussanne and Vermenino. To those accustomed to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, the whites may seem bland at first but the best are light, dry and fruity.
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