Chateau La Baronne - Les Chemins
Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
Intense flavours of fresh blackberry, cherry and cocoa. There is a hint of heat, not like that from alcohol, but rather from white pepper. Superb weight and balance from a renowned organic vineyard.
- Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
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The story of the Château La Baronne and Domaine des Lanes is the story of a medical family with wine in their veins. André (a general practitioner) and Suzette (a pharmacist), are now able to take a back seat as their sons Jean (the village doctor, like his father before him) and his wife Anne, Paul (a dentist) and Geneviève (a biologist) look after the estate.
The Lignère's family ties to the wine world can be traced back to the sixteenth century, but it was in 1957 that André and Suzette Lignères bought the estate. The approach to winemaking in Chateau la Baronne is influenced by the medical background of its owners. As a doctor, Jean Ligneres looks after his vines as he does his patients. He avoids strong chemicals in favour of building up the immunity of the vine.
All the farming is organic , and bottling is done according to the biodynamic calendar.The method used to prevent attack by a butterfly-like pest is fascinating.To prevent the male finding the female, which would result in the laying of eggs on the grapes, a small gadget giving off a female hormone is tied to the vines. This confuses the male who goes elsewhere in search of a mate. This meticulous attention to detail and respect for the environment is evident everywhere in Chateau La Baronne, particularly in the quality of the fruit.
"Rich, powerful and tasty red made from carignan, syrah and grenache. Organically made, unfiltered, low sulphites."
"Although it’s organically produced and even the bottling is done according to the biodynamic calendar this is not strictly a 'natural' wine but this won’t bother many people. It’s from Corbieres and is made by a doctor and pharmacist husband and wife team along with their children, all of whom are in healthcare. There’s ripe brambly fruit with a touch of dark chocolate and pepper, grippy tannins and lovely length."