Friday, July 7, 2017

Philippe Babins Wines from the Ariège

The Ariège is one of the lost departments of France, nestling in the Pyrenees between the departments of the Pyrenées Atlantique and the Pyrenées Orientales –in wine terms between Jurançon and Madiran and the robust wines of Roussillon.
It is here that Philippe Babin grows his grapes and makes his –certified organic- wines.
In 1998 he took the challenge with a handful of enthusiasts to replant vines and embark on the adventure of viticulture ariégeoise.
Located in the southern part of the Ariège, the wines of the Coteaux d'Engraviès are the only ones in Ariège to produce Syrah. 15 years later, the Coteaux d'Engraviès are exported to China, Japan, the United States ... but as Philippe explains; his greatest joy remains when the local grocery store asks him for his wine because customers demand it. 

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