Les Domaines Barsalou – A Bordeaux Style Manor

What makes a GOLD Medal Winner Wine so unique?

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The universe of Château Villenouvette

Built on the foundations of an old cistercian farm dating from the XII century, this Bordeaux style manor, constructed in 1870, is the work of architect Cassien-Bernard. The vineyard flourishes on the alluvial terraces of the Orbieu river. During the summer, the heat stored up during the day by the pebbles is released at night, thus prolonging the ripening of grapes. The half-buried winery matures the wine at an optimal temperature.

Discover the Estates

The Barsalou family, was established in the Languedoc since the XVIII century and has a long winemaking tradition.

A important factor for Domaines Barsalou was that the family always seeked to develop a close relationship between winemaking and respecting the land, whilst also using a modern approach to product development.

Domaine Saint Maurice

This vineyard, established in 1898, spreads into the valley of the Fontfroide stream and grows on fine sandstone soils. This cold soil favours late grape harvests.

The vines are grown using sustainable agricultural methods, thus respecting the environment. At the entrance of the domain, a XIX century windmill reminds us that the Tramontane (northwestern wind), blows all year round over the Fontfroide terroir. Acquired by the family in 1974, it is in the Saint-Maurice winery that the white and rosé wines are made.

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Château Aumèdes

On an ancient roman site,  lo Castel Aumèdos, in occitan language, is the oldest property belonging to the family. The Château, built on a rock, seems to be looking over eight successive terraces on which the vineyard is planted. There, a succession of black marl, slate and limestone soils gives the wine a nice complexity. Le Château  houses the aging cellars where the great vintages of the estate are matured over the years .

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Prieuré  de  Saint Amans

This pre-romanesque priory of the X century located on a south-facing slope, was acquired by Emilien Raissac, Claire Barsalou’s great-grand-father. Here, the shiraz  vines flourish and are ideal for making fine and harmonious wines. The calcareous sandstone soil forces the vines to sink their roots deeply in order to find a right water balance. Aging through the centuries, the old olive trees planted by our predecessors still shade the borders of the vineyard. The association of olives and wine is an ancient tradition from the roman period and a symbol of our mediterranean culture.

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Château Villenouvette

Built on the foundations of an old cistercian farm dating from the XII century, this Bordeaux style manor, constructed in 1870, is the work of architect Cassien-Bernard. The vineyard flourishes on the alluvial terraces of the Orbieu river. During the summer, the heat stored up during the day by the pebbles is released at night, thus prolonging the ripening of grapes. The half-buried winery matures the wine at an optimal temperature.

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Cuvée Marcel Barsalou AOP Corbières 2015

The Winner of a GOLD MEDAL in our AIN Wine Challenge 2018

We congratulate them once again and wish them good luck!

Tribute to Marcel Barsalou (1909-1999) working landowner and tradesman of agricultural products. Member of the Resistance (1942-1945). He was one of the forerunners of  mechanizing the wine industry in the Corbières and gave a new lease of life to the vines at Villenouvette.

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Winemaking methods:

This wine is made by the carbonic maceration of the Carignan grapes and by the traditional winemaking method with the de-stemmed Shiraz grapes. The alcoholic fermentation is finished in barrels.AIN wine challege

Tasting :

South-facing vineyards and pebbly soils have produced this full-bodied wine with ripe fruit aromas. This wine, bounding with personality, accompanies well-flavoured dishes such as red meat and game stews, as well as strong cheeses.

 

Importers, Distributors and Professional Buyers, this is the perfect opportunity to buy some amazing Bordeaux wines from Domaines Barsalou!

 

Contact Domaines Barsalou HERE!

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