Red wine varietals

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alicante bouschet

 

Alicante Bouschet

This is a varietal with red juice, it is being used in blending to add colour to the juice or the wine.

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cabernet franc

 

Cabernet Franc

Its main character is the production of wine with aromatic « finesse » and ability to age.

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cabernet sauvignon

 

Cabernet Sauvignon

This varietal is known throughout the world thanks to the Bordeaux « grands crus » it is now one of most widespread varietal in the world.

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caladoc

Caladoc

High sugar potential with intense colour and powerful aromas, its wine has body and has a good potential for aging.

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carignan

 Carignan

Carignan produces a wine with good colour, good structure and some astringency. It brings some structure to blended wines. This varietal gives good results with the carbonic maceration winemaking technique.

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caramenere

 Carmenere

Its wine is usually very coloured and with good tannins, lacking sometime acidity. It adds brilliance, roundness and character when blended with wine of other varietals. It can age and goes remarkably well with merlot and cabernet sauvignon.

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chenanson

Chenanson

This is a cross between Grenache noir and Jurançon. Its wine is coloured, with good typicity, it is harmonious and has a good body. Its qualities are close to those of the wines of Grenache noir. Its tendency for high production requests harnessing the level of yield in order to obtain wines of good quality.

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cinsault

 

Cinsault

Its wine has not a lot of colour but it is fruity and brings suppleness to the blends. It produces very nice and fruity rosé wines.

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cot-malbec

 

Cot-Malbec

Wine with colour and tannins -but less aromas and more suppleness than the wine of Cabernet.

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gamay

Gamay

Wine with little alcohol, average colour. more or less acidic according to the level of yield.

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grenache noirGrenache Noir

Average phenol and aromatic potential. On dry and stony hillsides, Grenache noir is producing a wine with high alcoholic content and low acidity.
Its wines age very quickly and the colour oxidizes rapidly.

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marselan

 

Marselan

This varietal produces coloured wines of high quality. They are aromatic, with good body and structure and able to age. The yield is limited.

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merlot

Merlot

Its wine has a good colour, is powerful, with relatively low acidity and mellow tannins. High alcohol potential with powerful and complex aromas. the yield is interesting.

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mourvedre

 Mourvèdre

When it is harvested ripe, it produces coloured wines, with high level of tannins that require several years to express their aromatic potential. It has an anti oxidant power making this varietal a good complement to Grenache noir.

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niellucio

 

Nielluccio

Wine with little alcoholic potential, astringent, with some finesse and good potential for aging.

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petit verdot

 

Petit Verdot

Wine with much colour, rich in tannins with good aging potential.

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pinot gris

 

Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris produces a delicate wine with complex aromas, slightly « fumé » or floral.

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pinot noir

 

Pinot Noir

Produces high quality wine with intense aromas and bouquet. Its wine is able to age. Wine powerful with intense and complex aromas.

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syrat

 Syrah

Produces wine of high quality, very intense colour, rich in tannins and aromas reminiscent of violet. For fruity wines it requires to be picked at its phenological peak (11 à 12°). For wines to age an over maturation is advisable (over 12°).

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tannat

 

Tannah

Tannat produces very dark wines, with high tannins and acidity. This varietal permits to produce red wines of excellent quality, very powerful and able to age.

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tempranillo

 Tempranillo

Wine fairly coloured, with good alcoholic potential. On dry soils and with reasonable yields it produces wines of high quality with aging potential.

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