Corbières Boutenac AOC - Languedoc Wines

AOC Corbières Boutenac Force et douceur

Président David Latham
Directeur Catherine Verneuil
Syndicat Cru Boutenac
Le Château

2 bis chemin de l'allée

F.11200 Boutenac
Tél. 33 (0)4 68 27 73 00
Fax. 33 (0)4 68 27 73 01

Appellation areaBetween the River Nielle and the Orbieu, the appellation Corbières Boutenac covers 10 communities at an average height above sea level of 80 to100 m. It is a rocky, hilly area and part of the Garrigue. Boutenac land has a potential of 2513 hectares of which half are vineyards.

GeologyThe molasses, the backbone of Boutenac area stretch from Saint Laurent de la Cabrerisse, to the gates of Ornaisons.  These form a rounded relief, a succession of elongated ranges topped with a considerable amount of rounded stones and solicitous elements.

ClimateMediterranean climate, protected by South and Marine winds by the Fontfroide mountain range, Boutenac does not have a lot of rainfall. The dry season is long and water shortages are quite obvious; this provides the ideal conditions for maturation until mid-October. This long vegetative cycle facilitates the perfect maturation for all grape types and especially the Carignan and Mourvedre types.

GrapesThe wines are produced from Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre grapes. Carignan accounts for 30 to 50 % of planting. The Syrah must not account for more than 30% for planting of the parcels producing the appellation wine.

VinificationCarignan is manually harvested and transported intact to the vinification site.  Wines are produced by standard vinification including initial pressing or using complete grape collecting.

Development strategyBoutenac vintages are aimed at a consumer group of connoisseurs looking for a high quality wine.  There are three types of wine: the original encounters, special encounters and unique encounters.

AppellationLands : Terroir de Boutenac

Key figures

  • 1429 hectares classed
  • 4 cooperative wine producers
  • 18 private wine producers

Basic yield

  • 45 hl/ha

Declared production (2013)

  • 5 800 hectolitres