The geological history of Boutenac...

The geological history of Boutenac...

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From the Jurassic to the Quaternary Period, the soils of Boutenac are marked by 203 million years of complex geological history – summed up in just 203 seconds.
Although Cru Boutenac cannot be reduced to the vineyards that follow the pebble-strewn hillocks of Gasparets, the landscape with Saint-Martin’s chapel as its delicate centrepiece is often considered as the appellation’s most symbolic site.

Picturesque scenery, though, is not the only defining feature here. Experts from Inao (National Institute of Appellations of Origin), tasked with establishing precise boundaries for the appellation area at the beginning of the 2000s, clearly felt that the Miocene molasse – the name given by geologists to this wide strip of pebble-rich soil, sometimes a hundred metres thick – “forms magnificent substrates where stone content and the fine fraction are in harmonious balance, providing vines with ideal conditions for their summer growth cycle”.

Despite this, Boutenac’s terroir is about more than Thézan molasse; some soils are much older. Also, the origin of the molasse was long a subject of debate before being definitively ascribed to the filling of a rift valley, which had formed at the foot of the Corbières mountain range, by pebbles swept downhill by the ebb and flow of rivers twelve million years or so ago. Both are good reasons to return to the starting point and follow the course of geological time.

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Winemaking in Boutenac (2/2)

Winemaking in Boutenac (2/2)

The age of exploration


Although carbonic maceration continues to prevail in the Boutenac area, particularly for Carignan, a lot of winemakers seek to stand out from the crowd. They are pushing the boundaries, and technical choices are becoming more varied. We take a tour of the wineries...

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Winemaking in Boutenac (1/2)

Winemaking in Boutenac (1/2)

Carbonic maceration – the key to recognition

Michel Flanzy began experimenting with carbonic maceration in 1934 in Narbonne, but it was not until nearly 40 years later that the technique skyrocketed in popularity - in Boutenac in particular.

 

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All change!

All change!

2019 will be marked by three major projects involving three of the leading estates in Cru Boutenac. The redesigned winery at Villemajou will be officially opened this summer. The all-new Château des Ollieux complex near Fabrezan is in the building phase. And Caraguilhes is due to be equipped with an underground ageing cellar.

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ROCKROSES AS AN EMBLEM

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Since the 18th century, botanists have revelled in collecting plants on the sandstone soils of Boutenac woodlands, where rockroses grow in abundance. Their captivating spring flowers are one of the hallmarks of the area.

Le ciste crispé, aux fleurs d’un rose éclatant, très présent dans le Pinada. A gauche, une illustration d’Enrico Cangini, du groupe botanique de la SESA.

1. The wrinkle-leaved rockrose, with its vibrant pink flowers, grows in abundance across the Pinada.
On the left, an illustration by Enrico Cangini, from the SESA botanical group.

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CAMINS DE BOUTENAC, THE WINEGROWERS’ TRAIL

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We take a look back over a ramble tailored for inquisitive wine enthusiasts. The 6th of its kind, it covered 15 kilometres and along the way offered a seamless introduction to the landscapes, heritage, local characters and wines of Boutenac.
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1905-2005 THE LONG MARCH OF CRU BOUTENAC

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From the 1905 law against fraud, which introduced the demarcation of areas for a designation of origin, to recognition of AOC Corbières-Boutenac in 2005, a century would pass. However, as early as 1908, this part of the lower Corbières had already been identified. Many have forgotten that by defining the boundaries of the Corbi&e...
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