Situated in the heart of Corbières, on the Lézignan Corbières terroir, Château du Grand Caumont is one of the largest estates in the appellation with 100 hectares of vines on 140 hectares of land and Mediterranean scrubland.
Conditions in the Corbières region are ideal for cultivating vines.The vineyard surrounds the Château and lies on terraces of clay-limestone and gravelly soils which act as a good filter. The dry, hot, sunny Mediterranean climate ensures a long growing cycle for the vines and the strong north wind that blows all year round keeps the need for chemical treatments to a minimum.
These terroirs, used solely for vine growing, produce fragrant, aromatic wines that express the richness of the Languedoc sun.
70% of the wines produced at Château du Grand Caumont's are AOP wines and 30% Vins de Pays, IGP Oc and IGP Aude wines. Already an experimental estate in the 19th century, the Grand Caumont vineyards have recently undergone numerous improvements in terms of vine plantation and wine-making techniques. The grapes grown are the traditional Corbières varieties.
The traditional grape variety is Carignan noir, the traditional varietal of the Languedoc and once again back in favor, with its superb aromatic qualities. About 30 years ago the estate also introduced Syrah and Grenache noir, varieties that adapt very well to the Languedoc terroir.
The average age of the vines at Château du Grand Caumont is 40 years. The property has a certain number of parcels of old Carignan, old vines which range between over 50 and 70 years old and which are harvested manually and the grapes vinified whole.
Vins de Pays IGP Oc and IGP AudeGrand Caumont's Vins de Pays are essentially a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which are harvested with the most up-to-date machines equipped with a stemmer and vinified using traditional methods.
In order to constantly improve their wines, develop aromas and offer a greater range, Laurence Rigal has also recently planted new varieties such as Cinsault, a delicate and aromatic variety for red and rosé wines, the fruity, floral Vermentino for white wine and Marselan, with its notes of ripe fruits for the Vins de Pays.