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Our terroirs

The Vignobles Dom Brial currently extend across 2,100 hectares and 30 communes. Baixas, an historic kingdom, accounts for more than one third of this surface area, but our domaine has rapidly expanded to the surrounding communes (Calce, Rivesaltes and Peyrestortes, to name but a few), now composing a combined surface area that is representative of Roussillon.

 

Since 1989 we have identified the different types of terroirs in our collective, in order to adapt them to the most suitable productions. This work was completed in 2001 and 2005 through a detailed identification of the plot in each vineyard.

 

With a patchwork of around a dozen terroirs, we have prioritised 5 which seemed to best represent our collective as a whole.

 

Les Hautes Terrasses:

Terraces comprising round pebbles with a shallow, acidic clay soil. This is the terroir dedicated to Syrah Villages and Grenache for red grape varieties, and Muscat d’Alexandrie and Macabeu Grenache for white grape varieties. This site is the inspiration for our future Appellation Communale Côtes du Roussillon Villages Baixas.

 

Les Terres Rouges:

Mid-altitude clay and limestone hills with a shallow yet iron-rich soil. It is the preferred site for Mourvèdre, Grenache and Carignan for reds, and Roussanne and Muscat Petits Grains for whites.

 

Pedre Negre (Pierres Noires):

The mid-altitude Schisteux slopes are ideal for Syrah, Carignan and Muscat Petits Grains, the potential of which is used in our different wines.

 

Les Arènes:

Low altitude sandy, silty terraces with fairly deep soil, which is ideal for Syrah classified as AOC Côtes du Roussillon and les Macabeu.

 

Les Terres Vertes:

Low-altitude plateaus in the Pia area enable a variety of grapes to fully express themselves, including Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet.