Just by looking at the labels of these wines, one word came to my mind: Diversity.
And this impression, of course, was confirmed after tasting the wines… The Roussillon is one of the smallest French production areas (about 2% of the total volume), but they have pretty much every style of wine on the book! With wines being produced from 23 different grape varieties and a very diverse “terroir” (the vineyards stretch across very varied terrains), the result is that the wines have very distinctive personalities.
Roussillon is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France.
(the pink part at the bottom of the map)
A blessing or a curse?
Even if produced under the same style (Red, White, Rosé, or Vins Doux Naturel), what you will get in the glass is almost invariably a surprise. This can be great if you are a #winelover looking for a new experience, but it doesn’t work so well if you are looking for something that tastes consistently familiar. Combine that with the very small outcome (harsh climate and poor soils limit production to 35 hl per hectare) and you will rarely find mass production wines like the one from Languedoc (its neighboring region to the northeast, to which its hyphenated with -“Languedoc-Roussillon” – but, besides sharing the name, there’s not much else linking the two regions. Anyway, as far as I’m concerned, diversity is a huge plus for a region!
It’s definitely a blessing.
Grape varieties: Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, and Macabeu.
Grape varieties: 50% Grenache – 35% Syrah – 15% Carignan
TASTING NOTES: The softness of Grenache is balanced by the mineral backbone extracted from the schistous soils. The Syrah and Carignan add pronounced spicy and peppery components. Intense yet subtle…
Grape varieties : Grenache Noir – Carignan
Grape varieties: 50% Muscat of Alexandria – 50% Muscat à petits grains