Chalky clay; Alluvial gravel
1,161 to 2,001 ft
Owner Guilhem Durand, together with his consultant Claude Gros (who looks after some of the best Domaines in the Languedoc) have really refined Château La Bastide into delicious wines of great value. The 70-hectare vineyard is southeast facing on chalky clay soil with alluvial gravel covering much of the topsoil and large round stones covering the best vineyard area. 80% Syrah, Grenache and Carignan Vieilles Vignes (some up to 120 years old) at 38 hl/ha in the hands of Guilhem Durand make Château la Bastide a wonderful mouthful of extraordinary good value. Apart from the Carignan which is vinified with macération carbonique, the cuvaison at 27 degrees lasts for up to 25 days for Château La Bastide Corbières, the must being pumped over. All the wines are made and matured in a mixture of cement and stainless steel tanks, with some barrel ageing for part of the wines.