Hotting up in the Corbières
Our first stop of the tour was with Anne Lignères from Château La Baronne in Moux. Always a pleasure to see Anne as she not only speaks excellent English, she also has a great sense of humour . She needed all this good humour as she showed us her organic vinyards- some dating back 120 years. She has had very little rainfall for a number of months and as a result her vines were very stunted with some grapes no bigger than peas. As she has been organic and bio-dynamic for a number of years and knows her vines are strong enough to withstand the drought but her yeild will be much lower this year. The group absoutley loved the visit – with the fascinating teracotta amphores and ‘eggs’ for both fermenting and ageing. They loved her wines even more, especially the vermentino and her 100% carrignan. A great start to the tour.
Free lunch in Narbonne – nothing nicer than dining like a local on a terrace -watching the world go by – luckily we left no-one behind as we headed out of Narbonne and had an interesting guided visit to the Abbey of Fronfroide followed by a tasting in their cellars of the wines produced there. A happy but tired group then headed back in the bus to their home for the week – the Hotel Modern et Pigeon in Limoux.