Chateau La Baronne Les Lanes
Carignan, Grenache, Cinsault
Corbieres AOP, Languedoc, France
This red wine consists of fresh aromas of crushed dark berries and pepper—intriguing flavours of violet, blackberry, and roasted herbs, leading to a robust finish.
This is the original blend of Château la Baronne, as started by Jean Lignéres' parents. It is dominated by their beloved old vine Carignan, which they consider 'the blood of the region'. The vineyards are surrounded by herbs, trees, bushes and flowers, all of which contribute to the aromatic expression of this wine — natural yeast, very low sulphites, ageing in neutral terracotta and sandstone amphorae.
When you visit Chateau la Baronne, you begin to understand
precisely what goes into producing the Lignères family’s
On arrival in our recent (pre-Covid) visit, we were greeted by
the family and a small army of adorable puppies. If juggling
medical practices and a vineyard isn’t enough; they were
treating and rehoming some abandoned puppies (in between
tastings). We continued our journey through the vineyards to
experience the look, feel and smell of the terroir of the Alaric
Mountain. The vines are well-tended, happy, healthy, and full
of beautiful biodiversity. The winery — a fantastic place of
experimentation, including Jean’s custom-designed
egg-shaped clay vessels for vinification and storage. The last
stop on the tour is the tasting room where it all starts to make
sense. One can taste the respect of land and all living things,
meticulous attention to detail, and the loving care in each
wine produced by the Lignères family.
Another trip to the Languedoc proves yet again that
wonderful people make wonderful wine.
"A warm-hearted and full-bodied earthy wine. The Grenache's white pepper spice marries well with a garlicky chorizo white bean and tomato cassoulet."
"A super wine for everyday drinking – soft and easy, with gentle spice, good acidity and a real sense of the South of France in its makeup. If you’re tired of concocted, samey, mass market wines, this is the kind of thing you need."
"Well put together, with the carignan, the junior partner in the blend, adding brambly flavours. Balanced and enjoyable."