The Cabardès vineyard lies in the foothills of the Massif Central, called « the black mountain », 10 km from Carcassonne. The Cabardès, classified as an AOC (Appelation d’Origine Controlée) since 1999, is among the most reputed viticultural terroirs of the Languedoc Roussillon, both for the high quality of its wines and their originality. Indeed, at only a short distance from the threshold of Naurouze (water divide), the transitional climate of the Cabardès associates the Mediterranean sunshine, to the rainfall of Bordeaux. Consequently, the Cabardès is the only appellation which mandates the cultivation of the “Mediterranean” grape varieties (Syrah, Grenache …) alongside the traditional “Bordeaux” varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc…) in such even proportions (40% minimum in the final blend of each of the two origins).
The soil: the white limestone layers from 20 to 30 cm are crumbly, allowing the roots to exploit the underlying magnesium loam layers. As a whole, this provides bedrock which drains well after rainfall, but with a sufficient water reserve and a balanced fertility. This explains why, despite its arid, rocky appearance, this environment can gladly accommodate grape varieties which are demanding in water, such as Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah.
The climate: The viticultural region of Ventenac associates the Mediterranean sunshine with the precipitations from the Atlantic. It is a transitional climate, which allows for the combined optimal conditions for cultivation of the vine, notably the adapted varieties which are the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Grenache. This transitional location between the two climatic influences, in addition to its presence in the center of the corridor formed by the Pyrenees and the black mountain, brings about powerful winds, coming from the east or west, blowing through our vineyards and allowing for optimal sanitary conditions.