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Try and visit all the "portes". I might be wrong but I think they are situated North, South, East and West. Baixas, although not totally a village in the round is very close to being so.
Written Sep 4, 2009
Address: Just walk around following the old wall
This part of France abounds with hermitages - this one is in good nick and is situated outside the town on the plain. It nestles in the vinyards and is plain but worth seeing.
Also try and visit the Church in the town. It was locked when we were there.
Written Sep 4, 2009
Address: Outside the village
The Cave is outside Baixas and clearly visible as it is a large imposing building
What to buy: Baixas sits on the plain between the coast, the Pyrenees and the Corbieres. The watch-out towers from Narbonne to the Spanish border, Queribus, Perypeteuse, Tautavel and Canigo are all visible from Baixas. Thus their wines are heavy and rich, even the whites. With 1900 hectares of vines, a large Cooperative and the classification “Controllee” which was bestowed on their wines in the 19th Century, Baixas has some seriously good wines. Their fortified wines are certainly are the equal to Maury, Banyuls and Thuir and their fortified white is as good as the Rivesaltes Muscat. Their reds have the slightly bitter taste of the garrigue as do all wines from the area but plenty of cherry, plum and almond tastes too. Perhaps less fennel than further down in the valley but plenty of thyme and rosemaryy in there. Much richer wines than those from the Corbiere and inthe 1990's teh red were 13% which was quite unusual then. If you have not tried the wines from Baixas, then I suggest you do. Most good wine merchants stock it in the UK. I cannot comment on the white variety as I do not like any white wine (as those who trawl through my travel pages know).
What to pay: Quite expensive in comparision to the wines from the Corbiere but a much better keeping quality. You can afford to lay these down (not that I ever do - i can't resist drinking them) for three years.
Updated Sep 8, 2009
Address: Off the D117 near Estagel