Located on the foothills of the Pyrenees near the Mediterranean Sea, the Corbières massif culminates at 1200 meters. A large number of wine estates dot its land, such as Château Ollieux Romanis, 20 minutes from Narbonne.
“We are in the commune of Montséret on the land of Boutenac. It is a historic estate since it was a women’s monastery in the 17th century, and before it was a Gallo-Roman villa.”
Its owner, Pierre Bories, produces organic wines. He joined forces with around thirty winegrowers from the region to create the Artisans Partisans collective, which brings together two other estates in Corbières: Le Champ des Murailles and Domaine Pierre Bories.
And you can taste their Cinsault, this red wine at 12 degrees, to drink in moderation of course, is ideal with charcuterie and fish. “Cinsault is a grape variety that is fresh, quite slender and fruity, underlines the winemaker Loïc Bacou. You can also taste the cuvée Alice 1820, it is the first name of the winemaker who took over the vineyard in 1820. A wine of pleasure and sharing assumed south (50% Syrah, 30% Carignan, 20% Grenache.”
And as his partner Pierre Bories says, “Les Corbières is an area that has remained very wild with very small villages, so very little population and if you like to walk it’s extraordinary for cycling, walking and getting lost. And at the bend of a road, you will find a village with a magnificent bridge, a small chapel of great beauty. It is a great territory to walk with children.”
Not far from the Ollieux Romanis estate, visit the medieval village of Lagrasse, ranked among the most beautiful villages in France.
“Behind you have the Mount of Alaric, walkers can climb it. Alaric, it comes from the last Visigoth king who destroyed and took Rome and it seems that he buried his treasure there, it’s great for researchers On the beach side, I like that of Gruissan where Jean-Jacques Beineix’s film, ’37°2 le matin’, was shot.”
You can also go for a dip in the gorges of the Orbieu, a setting of cliffs as fabulous as that of the neighboring gorges of Galamus.
Around, we explore another treasure of the Cathar country, the Cistercian abbey of Fontfroide (1093), where scenes from Ridley Scott’s film The Last Duel were filmed.
The good plan? Download the Pays Cathare application which offers free commented walks.