Baron de Badassiere Languedoc
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 at the Cave de Pomérols co-operative by New Zealand winemaker Alana McGettigan and consultant Matt Thomson.
The region benefits from a sunny, warm climate that encourages ripe flavours to develop in the grapes, while the coastal breezes help to retain freshness and aromatics.
The Picpoul de Pinet is the co-operative’s speciality and Alana selects parcels of grapes as they enter the winery to ensure that only the best quality fruit goes into the wine. The approach across the range is non-interventionist – with minimal or no skin contact, no malolactic fermentation and no oak – to retain the purity of varietal character.