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sacre-coeur-charlotte-zThe Saint-Chinian appellation is often underestimated: on the one hand, because it is close (to the west) to the smaller, but far better known Faugères appellation, and to the east it is overshadowed by the large Corbières growing region, which almost reaches the Spanish border. On the other hand - and this is probably decisive - the appellation is divided into two parts in terms of terroir: the northern part is dominated by slate soils (as in Faugères), while the southern part (closer to the sea) is dominated by clay and limestone soils, which naturally produces quite different wines. Moreover, the best wines (at least the most famous wines) probably come from the two sub-appellations Saint-Chinian Berlou and Saint-Chinian Roquebrun. So, it's a confusion that only connoisseurs of the Languedoc appellations can untangle.

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