The Baron de Badassière wines come from the Picpoul de Pinet region in the Languedoc. The region benefits from a sunny, warm climate that encourages ripe fruity flavours in the wines, while the coastal breezes help retain freshness and aromatics.
The name derives from the Badassière vineyard, situated near the small town of Pomérols. In the 18th Century, the vineyard belonged to Baron Charles Emmanuel, a colourful character who was rumoured to be the illegitimate son of King Louis XV.
The wines are made by New Zealand winemaker Graeme Paul, along with consultant Matt Thomson, at the Cave de Pomérols co-operative. The fruit is sourced from selected vineyards around the Etang de Thau. Picpoul de Pinet is the co-operative’s speciality, and Graeme selects parcels of grapes as they enter the winery to ensure that the best quality fruit goes into the wine. His approach is non-interventionist (minimal or no skin contact, no malo-lactic fermentation, no oak) to retain