Vineyards and terroirs of Malepère
The appellation Malepere extends to the southwest of the city of Carcassonne. It is based in the south on the land of the Limoux appellation. To the north it faces the neighboring vineyards of Cabardès. Together they establish the western limit of Languedoc beyond which extend the vineyards of the South West. The appellation inherits its name from Occitan male peyre, that is to say bad stone, that the builders named because of the propensity of this local sandstone to erode. Subject to the dual influence of the Atlantic and Mediterranean climates, the appellation Malepere offers four nuances of terroirs: Dominican, Razès, Carcassonne and Belle Aude. Surrounded by forest slopes, their topography is embellished with nipple reliefs named bad luck in Occitania. On this terroir where the Pyrenean foothills have settled down, the vines coexist with a mixed culture where there are cereals, sunflowers and colzas. In PDO Malepère, Atlantic grape varieties dominate the vineyard. Merlot imposes itself at 40% minimum in the structure of red wines, associated for at least 20% with Malbec and Cabernet Franc. In smaller parts, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault or Lledoner pelut can complete the blends. Particularity of the Malepere, Syrah is never used in red wines but can contribute to the production of rosé wines where Cabernet Franc dominates. Outside the appellation, the white wines which benefit from the presence of Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Chenin or Viognier come under the IGP Pays d'Oc.
Food and wine
The wines of Malepere naturally find their terroir accord with the Cassoulet from Castelnaudary, essential dish of the tables of the region. Culinary traditions also make it a suitable ally with local game: wood pigeon salmis, hare stew, wild boar stew, etc. Without forgetting, as an accompaniment, what the land and the season offer for picking, such as the truffles and mushrooms present on the soil.