Corbières is an important appellation in France: the fourth largest in total (after Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur and Côtes du Rhone), and the largest in the Languedoc region. Château Spencer La Pujade blends Carignan, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce a range of Corbières wines for every occasion and every pocket.
La Pujade means “the slopes” in Occitan, the ancient language of the Languedoc. And like a secret garden, the slopes of La Pujade nestle within a natural amphitheatre of rocky highland garrigue in one of the Corbières’ best climats. Heady scents of pine, rosemary and thyme perfume the air whilst the hot Mediterranean sun is held at bay by altitude and the breezes of the eleven winds of the Aude, the windiest département in France.
The wines are unashamedly Mediterranean. Smooth and sensual, yet structured and elegant. The secret lies in the terroir, the old vines, and the blending. Half of the 35 ha domaine is planted with old Carignan vines, expressing the soft fruity voluptuousness of the Languedoc sun, whilst the other half shares Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre – the ‘noble’ varieties of the south – bringing structure, complexity and concentration.
The estate makes AOP Corbières together with an exceptional IGP (Vin de Pays), a varietal wine from old Carignan vines, ranging from 70 to 100 years of age. This particular area of the Corbières is where Carignan performs exceptionally. With restricted yields and careful handling, it is capable of expressing the nuances of its terroir better than its more ‘noble’ peers.
The secret of the terroir lies in the high level of Aeolian sand in the soil – atypical of the appellation, and explains the Chateau’s originality. Carried by the winds, the sand is trapped in the valley, where it provides the ideal soil for Mourvèdre, as well as lending unusual suavity to the other varieties.
- 35 hectares: Carignan, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre; with 2 ha of Vermentino, Roussanne and Marsanne coming on stream in 2018
- In conversion to organic viticulture, first harvest to be fully certified will be 2017
- Maitre de Chai and Chef de Culture: Sébastien Bonneaud
- Owners: Sébastien Bonneaud and the Spencer family