"The adequacy of the grape variety to the terroir is the first step in producing a great wine"

A mosaic of terroirs at the heart of the La Clape Mountain

Château de Marmorières, stronghold of the de Woillemont family since 1826, is a wonderful property of 120 hectares of vines, surrounded by garrigue and woods. the oldest vestiges date back to the 10th century with the fortifications of the first castle. the chapel, the windmill, and the splendid dovecote showing the grandeur of marmorières in the Middle Ages and its economic power were built during the 11th-13th century period. marmorières has a mosaic of terroirs with many exposures and soil structures respectfully conducted in high environmental value. in this remarkable setting, we adapt each grape variety to its terroir and cultivate around twenty of them from the best regions of the world. respectfully conducted in High Environmental Value. in this remarkable landscape, we adapt each grape variety to its terroir and cultivate around twenty of them from the best regions of the world.

the best way to produce great wines is to do everything to do nothing.

Just near the family stronghold, the Commanderie de Saint Pierre la Garrigue is nestled at the foot of the steep cliffs of the classified massif of la clape. further east, on more calcareous soils, it overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and faces the Pyrenees. all the vineyard is conducted in organic farming in order to respect this exceptional diversity of fauna and flora in the heart of the Narbonnaise natural park.

there are olive trees, almond trees, parasol pines, fennel, cistus, wild irises and other flowers with the scent of garrigues. Hares, rabbits and partridges share a territory with wild boars in impromptu hiding places under a radiant sun and a few gusty winds. the Commanderie de Saint Pierre la Garrigue is planted on clay-limestone soils giving expression to eleven different grape varieties (6 red and 5 white); our Languedoc culture of blending and the attention paid to this exceptional cru sublimate each of them for remarkable finesse and elegance. in our wines

our attention is essentially focused on the vineyard to have a minimum of actions to be done in the cellar! For this, we have chosen to go with consultants further and faster in our research: SRDV from the Dubernet laboratories, the Aude chamber of agriculture and the Dephy network, as well as the GIEE de la Clape with the Natural Parc de la Narbonnaise. We also exchange best practices with our winegrower and cereal farmer friends! All the vines of the Woillemont vineyards have been planted according to their exposure, the composition of their soil and the potential of the wines to adapt the grape variety, its terroir and the rootstock. we choose the best clones in order to guarantee irreproachable quality to our wines and an agronomic diversity allowing us to always extract the best from each vintage.

To maintain a level of organic matter and therefore life in our soil, each year we add compost to our vines and plantations; we also sow crucifers and legumes that cover our soils in winter and thus prevent their erosion. In the spring, we work the soil mechanically to eliminate weeds. we use pheromones for mating disruption cluster worms. as for fungal diseases, our dry climate is a chance to which we add, when the pressures of powdery mildew and mildew are strong, sprays of sulphur, copper and essential oils. our desire to maintain this magnificent terroir for future generations involves daily observation of the ecosystem and the vitality of our vines while focusing our culture on the bases of organic farming and respecting the pragmatic adages of our elders based on the influences of the stars on plants and wines.

The different steps in the vineyard

Pruning A major step for the sustainability of the vine stock and its production can be carried out in cordons de royat or simple guyot on the syrahs and roussannes.

inter-row sowing guarantee a fight against erosion, a rest of the soils as well as a regular supply of essential organic matter for the life of the soils.

"sexual confusion" setting up pheromones to prevent butterflies from mating in the plot and thus not seeing worms piercing the berries and damaging the harvest.

Plowing limit the competition of the vine with other plants, mineralize the soil and bring heat to the soil at the start of the season to guarantee a good start to spring growth.

Treatments sulfur helps to fight against powdery mildew, copper against mildew, fungi attacking leaves and grapes destroying the harvest and the quality of the wines.

stripping remove the large leaves at the base of the vines no longer used for the development of the plant. Thus, the bunches benefit from more aeration and sun, avoiding the development of fungi.

Estates story Woillemont

  • IIe siècle avant J-C

    100,000 years ago, man had already found refuge in La Clape, but it was only with the Romans that his viticultural history began. From the end of the 2nd century BC, the Romans colonized La Clape, seduced by this wooded area which presents climatic conditions similar to those of Italy. At the time, it was still an island, the largest in the Gulf of Narbonne. To reward his troops, Julius Caesar offers it to the best of his men. Very quickly, the wines of La Clape were exported to Toulouse and Bordeaux and throughout the empire.

  • XIIe Siècle

    from the twelfth century, a period of intense economic development, Narbonne is becoming a major place of international commerce.the razzias raging, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint Jean de Jerusalem decided to build a commandery in 1179 in Saint Pierre la Mer and to establish a high quality vineyard there.

  • XVIIe / XIVe Siècle

    around 1650, out of twelve boats leaving the port of the city, ten were loaded with wine. in the 17th century, the construction of the canal du midi further accentuated this development. In 1826, the Marquis de Raymond-Lasbordes, grandfather of Count Jehan de Woillemont, acquired the Château de Marmorières. Although the vineyards around Narbonne were later affected by powdery mildew and phylloxera, the fact remains that these two plagues destroyed all of its vines in the 19th century. It will take about fifty years to see the rebirth of the vineyard on the island of La Clape, which, since the fourteenth century, has been connected to the continent under the action of the alluvium of the Aude and the activity of the coastal strip. .

  • 1942

    It was in 1942 that the Marquis de Raymond-Lasbordes bought almost 40 hectares from the neighboring estate, thus enlarging the vineyard by almost a third. We owe the revival of La Clape to the awareness and passion of a few winegrowers, and in particular the Countess of Woillemont. Daughter of the last Marquis de Raymond-Lasbordes, first president of the "la Clape" vintage defense union.

  • 2005

    In 2005, during a visit to the vineyard, Count Jehan de Woillemont fell under the spell of this Commandery and its immeasurable potential. He decided to produce great wines there with deep respect for the environment. In 2011, representing the eighth generation, he was called upon to take over and breathe new life into the vineyards and wines of Château de Marmorières. Large investments are made in the vineyard and in the cellar to equip themselves with the best tools and thus reveal the full potential of the wines of the Woillemont estates.

  • since 2013

    Since 2013, the Commanderie de Saint Pierre la Garrigue 's wines have been vinified at the Château de Marmorières following the major investments in the cellar. The soul of the Commanderie is finally found, the first red vintage is bottled, it will get the top 100 trophy from Tim Atkin (master of wine)! In 2015, the first white will obtain, as the red, the best score from the Wine Spectator in Languedoc “best to buy”, i.e. 91 points. Each year, our wine are awarded with a 93 points for the Grand Maitre red 2017, selection of the 1000 best stocks of the vineyard carried out only the good years and a 96 points obtained for the vintage 2019.

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