Situated to the northwest of the town of Béziers in the Hérault département, at the foot of the Caroux and Espinouse hills, this appellation spans 20 villages. Its proximity to these hills makes Saint-Chinian’s climate more continental than that of neighboring Minervois. It also provides some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the area. The AOCs of Saint-Chinian Berlou and Roquebrun lie to the north of Saint-Chinian proper. Red, white and rosé wines are authorized for production, though Berlou and Roquebrun only produce red wines. The blends are primarily Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Lladoner Pelut. Carignan also features in the wines of Berlou. Roquebrun and Berlou feature schist soils.
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