Eighth part of our series on the great winemaking families of the Aude, who have made wine history over several generations, with the Mirouze family, in the Corbières, in Bizanet.
They have been overtaken by a family tradition almost lost since the 12th century on their rocky outcrop since the 12th century and founded in 1881. But his family had chosen other paths than viticulture, especially medicine. Only his grandmother, Simone Mirouze, wife of the professor of medicine Jacques Mirouze, worked to keep the estate alive, 25 hectares of vines, but no more, after years of rewarded efforts, in the 1980s, with a nice harvest of medals in the general agricultural competition. In fact, over the years the property had become a sumptuous vacation spot, a family home reverberating with children’s laughter and grown-up talk, lots of love… But no more.
Future agricultural engineers Karine and Nicolas Mirouze, who met on the university benches, finally decided in the early 2000s to take over the property while the rest of the family moved away from it for good. But in small steps before you really get involved, as if caught in the magic of the place. They simultaneously decided to move away from the teachings they had received during their studies. The estate would be brought back to life and set to sea again, but with sails imbued with a new spirit.
“We uprooted a lot and planted a lot,” sums up Karine Mirouze. We breathed life back into the earth, raised sheep, made our own compost, planted trees, restored hedges and ponds, filled in ditches, developed cover plants… But also expanded our commercial network”. The couple gave up their other professional projects completely, to dedicate ourselves entirely to the winery and its ecosystem. “We do a lot of preventive work”, adds Karine Mirouze.Climate change, with frosts, floods, droughts, we suffer in our flesh.We do everything to ensure that our vines are so healthy and resilient as possible are in balance, the vines are in balance and the wines are in balance”. Gradually, the winemaker couple established links with associations that share their vision of this ecosystem to be preserved: the shepherd, welcomed on their land, now leads a flock of 80 ewes, an artisan has settled in the area, the association Abres et Paysages will tun will soon be planting its hundredth kilometer of hedges in the Aude department (1). The main thing remains: Beauregard still produces wine, good wine, cheerful and healthy.