Saint-Chinian/Roquebrun and Saint-Chinian/Berlou

Grand wines

Saint-Chinian vineyard

AOC Saint-Chinian

This vineyard extends across both sides of the rivers Orb and Vernazobre, under the backdrop of the Caroux and Espinouse mountains. The vineyard of Saint-Chinian, which extends over 20 villages, produces wines which are among the most famous of the region. The. Saint-Chinian has been recognised as an AOC since 1982 for its red and rosé wines and since 2004 for its whites. Its two distinctly different soil types, one clay-limestone, the other sandstone and shale, give each wine its own originality. Fruity, supple and generous wines for the northern wines, where the soil is composed of schist soils and wines, while the southern wines, from a calcareous gravel-type soil have elegant, dense and full-bodied profiles.

The Berlou vineyards

AOC Saint-Chinian – Berlou

The winemakers wanted to obtain a specific identification for their best slopes, and since 2004, Berlou has its own appellation (as an "area with high qualitative potential") for the red wines grown around five villages. The unique characteristics of Berlou are due to the fact that it is grown in schist soils 500 million years old, while the wines must have at least 30% Carignan grapes to qualify.

Grape harvest in Roquebrun @G. Souche

AOC Saint-Chinian – Roquebrun

Benefiting from a microclimate that leads to Roquebrun being called "the little Nice", on a schist soil with, this appellation covers the area around four villages. Harvesting is carried out by hand only, and vine trimming can only be carried out until December 1st of each year, following the harvest.