Baron de Badassière

Languedoc, languedoc France

The Baron de Badassière wines come from the Picpoul de Pinet region, which lies near the coast in the Languedoc. The name derives from the Badassière vineyard, situated near the small town of Pomérols. In the 18th century, the vineyard belonged to Baron Charles Emmanuel, a colourful character who was rumoured to be the illegitimate son of King Louis XV. The wines are made exclusively for Liberty Wines by New Zealand winemaker Graeme Paul, along with consultant Matt Thomson, at the Cave de Pomérols co-operative.

The region benefits from a sunny, warm climate that encourages ripe flavours in the wines, while the coastal breezes help retain freshness and aromatics.

The Picpoul de Pinet is the co-operative's speciality and Graeme selects parcels of grapes as they enter the winery to ensure that the best quality fruit goes into the wine. His approach is non-interventionist - with minimal or no skin contact, no malolactic fermentation and no oak - to retain the purity of varietal character.

 

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