The grapes to produce the Picpoul de Pinet Baron de Badassière arrived at the winery in the early morning and were macerated on the skins for a few hours, then pressed by pneumatic press. The must was cold settled for 48 hours and then fermented at a controlled temperature of 15 °C for 16 days. No oak was used and the wine was bottled early to retain freshness and delicate aromatics.
The grapes for this wine come from selected vineyards around the Étang de Thau, planted on clay and limestone soils. The Mediterranean climate is tempered by the cool maritime influence.
Baron de Badassière is from the Picpoul de Pinet region of the Languedoc, near the coast of the south of France. The name of the wine refers to the Badassière vineyard which lies 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 exclusively for Liberty Wines by New Zealand winemaker Matt Thomson, at the Cave de Pomérols cooperative where the Vignes de L’Eglise range is also produced.