This is the smallest wine area in France; it is located south to Narbonne city, is seventeen kilometres long and seven kilometres large. The Phoceans and later the Romans used to grow vineyards on what was an island. The area is located at the Mediterranean Sea in a ponds area. It is the sunniest area in France, but also the windiest (286 days per year); its thirteen winds dry the vineyard, while water cleans and sun nourishes it.
They area produces 80 % of reds, 10% of rosés and 10% of whites.
Red are issued from Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault grapes; they are full body and well balanced with complex aromas of red fruits and "garrigue". They are recommended with red meat, "saucisson" and with cheeses like Pélardon, Saint Nectaire and Cantal.
Rosés are issued from Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache grapes; they are supple with a nose of pine trees, with fruit and floral aromas. They are pleasant with a Saint Marcellin cheese.
Whites are issued from Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache blanc, Marsanne, Picpoul and Rolle & Roussanne grapes. They are elegant with floral aromas. They are recommended as aperitif wine, but also with fish, see food and goat cheese with honey.