DOMAINE LA BOUYSSE
A wonderful family domaine, headed up by sister and brother Martine Pagès and Christophe Molinier. In the hills west of Narbonne, between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees, they make penetrating organic Corbières and Aude. The site is so beautiful they even have a hiking trail around the vineyards. It covers 40 hectares in Saint-Andre de Roquelongue, in the heart of the appellation. The soils near the spectacular Abbaye de Fontfroide are sandstone, while those of Boutenac are warm clay-limestone soils. The majority of the vines range from 30-50 years old, but some are as old as 115!
Martine trained in Dijon, and worked for years as an oenologist in Alsace, but wanted to come home to Corbieres. Christophe trained in Bordeaux and Montpellier, and also worked in Alsace. In 1996 they came home together for good.
They withdrew from the local co-op and started to bottle their own wine. In 2010 they converted the whole property to organic farming, with certification in 2013. Martine is in charge of wine-making and the cellar, while Christophe is happiest in the vines. Today two of Martine’s daughters have also joined the domaine.