Country: France > Languedoc

Chateau Fontareche

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Fontarèche is one of the great historic wine estates of Languedoc. The inventories of the Archbishop of Narbonne mention vines at Fontarèche dating back to 1350. In 1682, Château Fontarèche passed to the Mignard family, whose descendants the De Lamy family still own the estate today.

Château Fontarèche is located in Languedoc a few kilometres from Lézignan-Corbières. 160 hectares of classified vines, half under the Corbières DOP and half Vin de Pays, have flourished here seemingly for ever.

Fontarèche is home to no fewer than 17 grape varieties, with the mainstay of the reds being Carignan. Piquepoul Noir is a rarity which is very beneficial to the blend of Corbières Red and Rosé. Roussanne is the cornerstone of white Corbières. Chardonnay, Viognier, and Vermentino also fill the rows of Pays d’OC PGI grape varieties.

Vincent Dubernet is the Director of oenology. He was born and raised in Narbonne in a winemaking family, of which he is the fifth generation.

  • Appellation: Corbières DOP
  • Owner: De Lamy Family
  • Winemaker: Vincent Dubernet
  • Varieties Grown: Grenache, Carignan, Chardonnay, Viognier, Corbieres, and Vermentino
  • Hectares/Age of Vines: 145 hectares / 30 years
  • Altitude/Soil: Gravelly clay, pebbles stones
  • Farming Methods: Sustainable culture HVE 3


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