"Massif de la Clape - Some amazing vineyards!" Carcassonne Off The Beaten Path Tip by Jerelis
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The subregional zone of Massif de la Clape forma an oase of vineyards which lie at the westernmost end of the Coteaux du Languedoc appellation. Most of the vineyards are located around a rocky promontory east of Narbonne, the Massif de la Clape, which was an island until the River Aude silted up in the Middle Ages.
The entire terroir is a mixture of limestone, red clay and gravel. Strict regulations have helped to ensure quality of the wines of La Clape. Talking to a local expert we learned that thes particular vines must be five years old before qualifying, and the cépage is strictly controlled. Since 1998 the wines must include at least 70% Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre with a minimum 20% Grenache. The rule is 60% for rosé. And I have forgotten the exact rules for the white wines, I'm sorry about that. But anyway ... on a whole it is a rather small region. Some vinyards are located on a low plateau, of clay and galets (large, oval stones). This communal zone is of less significance than La Clape, which plays host to some of the top names of the Languedoc, starting with Chateau de la Negly. There are also good wines from Camplazens, Pech Redon and Moujan.
Massif de la Clape is situated on the Mediterranean coastline southeast of Narbonne. The whole area belongs to the Languedoc-Rousillion district and is directly on the route from France to Spain (Barcelona).
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