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AOC/AOP Malepere

Appellation area

This region extends from the Canal du Midi in the North, as far as the Aude in the east. The most western Languedoc appellation surrounds the wooded massif of Malepère, from the gates of Carcassonne to Limoux and as far as Lauragais.

Geology

Argilo-calcareous hillsides with hilltops, ancient gravel terraces and gravel summits.

Climate

Oceanic tendency mixed with a Mediterranean character displaying a transitional climate with specific characteristics affected by altitude, exposure and the position on an east-west gradient favouring the growth of wild plants preferring the Mediterranean, sub-Mediterranean and even ocean climates.

Grapes

Adaptant l’encépagement à la diversité écologique, les vins de l’AOC Malepère sont issus de l’assemblage de cépages atlantiques et méditerranéens. Règle d’encépagement des vins rouges : Cépage principal, Merlot (minimum 50%), cépages complémentaires, Cabernet Franc, Cot (minimum 20%), cépages accessoires, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault. Règle d’encépagement des vins rosés : cépage principal, cabernet Franc (minimum 50%).Cépages complémentaires : Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut, Cot, Grenache, Merlot (Minimum 20%).

Vinification

  • For the red wines: stripped grape harvesting, traditional vinification with maceration and temperature control. The period in vats is variable.
  • Rosés: produced by saignée, fermentation at low-temperature.

Key figures

  • 500 ha
  • 100 producers
  • 4 cooperative wine producers
  • 16 private wine producers

Average yield

  • 50 hl/hectare

Average production

  • 20 000 hl (80% red, 20% rosé)

Sales

  • 15 000 hl
    (Storehouse outputs 2005/06)
  • Traditional and direct sales : 50%
  • General Distribution: 30% , export: 20%

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