Long of poor reputation, the wines of Corbières gained a better reputation with the definition of 11 separate entities or terroirs which respond to the exceptional geological diversity of this vast Languedoc appellation (10,000 hectares) created in 1985. Corbières received another breath of fresh air with the emergence of a handful of pioneers committed to the most authentic expression of their terroirs. One of the flagship estates of the region is Mazière, created by Jean-Michel Labouygues – an unclassifiable winemaker, and a great figure in natural wine – and today in the hands of Fabrice Monnin.
Domaine Mazière is located in Padern, a village at the southwestern tip of the Corbières, on the southern flanks of Mont Tauch, not far from the Château de Quéribus, in the Verdouble valley. It was created by Jean-Michel Labouygues, a winemaker totally on the sidelines of the industrial cultural and oenological practices that were then triumphant (1980s-90s). In 2013, Fabrice Monnin, founder of a wine cellar-bistro in Besançon (Les Zinzins du Vin), took over and expandad the estate: today it spans 9 hectares, made up of islets of vines on the hillside surrounded by garrigue. Some vines are centenarian, with a dozen varieties (Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Macabeu, etc.). In line with the pioneering work of Jean-Michel Labouygues, vinification is carried out without artifice of any kind, long aging (2/3 years) is carried out in aged barrels, and bottling is done without additives or filtration: totally natural wines.
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