The Minervois vineyards,
which were steeped in the Judeo-Christian civilisation, form a vast
amphitheatre opening onto the Mediterranean Sea and set against the
southernmost part of the Massif Central.
The heartland of the Minervois area encloses a
natural sub-region, the Petit Causse. This limestone plateau
is above all a climatic reality, lying as it does at the foot of a
Piedmont and at the point where the Montagne Noire meets the
alluvial systems. As it faces south and south-east, it is partly
sheltered from the wind and also favoured with relatively warm days.
At the end of the night, gusts of fresh air coming from the ridges
sweep down the Piedmont without actually gathering over it, which
maintains and even amplifies variations in daily temperatures.
Therefore, our land enjoys a perfect meso-climate thanks to its
As a consequence, atmospheric disturbances from the
Atlantic cannot reach the Petit Causse whereas those coming
from the Mediterranean coast have already lost most of their
strength and power when they arrive. The above features act upon the
beginning and the end of the vegetative cycle, which is especially
long as it spans the April to October period, thus ensuring a good
The Petit Causse is also a main substratum
which consists of hardened chalk ; its gently sloping surface gives
way to expanses of calcareous limestone. Because of the natural low
fertility and low permeableness of the soil, the wine-grower can
only expect a low yield, whatever the vine variety.
Amid typically Mediterranean vegetation, this
history-rich land brings together dolmens and vineyards which are
bordered by low dry-stone walls. Here you can hear the heart of the
It is also where the Domaine des Aires Hautes lies.
Straddling the villages of Siran and La Livinière,
the 28 hectares homestead can boast of first class vineyards and
quality vine varieties. It combines traditional vines, the old black Carignan and Grenache vineyards, and more recent plants such as
black Syrah, black Mourvèdre, Malbec, white Chardonnay
types of soil