A Family Estate

Our Estate

In the South of France, in the heart of Occitania, there is a wild, preserved massif that holds its most beautiful secrets: the Corbières. The Montagne d’Alaric is one of its treasures, one of its highest points.

Nestled in its foothills, in an extraordinary natural ecosystem, is Château La Baronne

The Montagne d’Alaric is an exceptional terroir, where the 4 great geological eras are represented. It is an imposing clay-limestone mass, a vast reservoir of underground water, which surfaces in Fontcouverte at a temperature of between 17 and 19°C, attesting to its deep origin. This water is a real blessing in the local Mediterranean climate, which is dry, hot and very windy.

The vines of the estate are planted at an altitude of between 100 and 200 m on a wide variety of terraces, valleys and gravel hillsides. The soils come from limestone, clay and sandstone formations, mainly from the Tertiary and Quaternary periods.

The grape varieties are typical of the Corbières: Carignans (more than 120 years old for some plots), Grenache noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault for the reds, Grenache blanc and gris, Roussanne and Vermentino for the whites.

Our roots

Château La Baronne is the story of a family of doctor-winemakers, the Lignères family, Languedoc people whose hearts have been beating between Moux and Fontcouverte for 5 generations.

Louis Lignères founded the Lignères house in 1890 and was already shipping his wines throughout France.

His son Paul succeeded him, accompanied by his wife Clémence who took over the reins after his death and managed the business with energy.

André, their son, and Suzette, his wife, after their medical studies, fell under the spell of the Domaine de La Baronne in the late 1950s. Its location and the terroirs of the 35 hectares of vines in the small valley of Alaric charmed them immediately. The first bottlings of Château La Baronne began in the 1970s. Their children Paul, Jean and Geneviève accompanied the development of the estate. New terroirs extended the vineyard to 90 hectares of vines and 20 hectares of garrigue, woodland and olive groves. It is now Jean and Anne who passionately defend the colours of La Baronne.

Helping hands

La Baronne is of course a vineyard at the foot of the magical Montagne d’Alaric, but it would be nothing without its team. If the wines are good, it is because everyone contributes to making Jean’s vision a beautiful reality. 

The highlight of the vintage is of course the harvest, which is obviously done by hand. They are very “southern” at La Baronne: Andalusian Spaniards, Portuguese from the Douro, Italians, often Tuscans, and local French, come together every year with good humour and loyalty. We are in the second generation of the Colle des vendangeurs!