The Wines of Bergerac, Duras, Marmande and Buzet
By Paul Strang
This Guide was last updated on 28 July 2011
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Can be difficult to ripen on cooler, damper soils and thrives better on well-drained warm gravel soils. Adds structure and tannins to the blends, with flavours of blackcurrant.
Produces supple wines that develop earlier and complements Cabernet Sauvignon in the red wine blends.
A lighter and less intense version of Cabernet Sauvignon that can give the wines finesse and bouquet.
Often known here as Cot, it is a useful blending ingredient giving structure and colour.
Côt or Cot
Alternative name for Malbec.
Occasional ingredient in Bergerac reds. It adds colour, body and blackcurrant and raspberry aromas.
Uniquely local to Marmande and obligatory as a minority grape in the blend.
Used for dry white wines giving good acidity and citrus flavours.
Dominant grape in Bergerac, often blended with Sauvignon Blanc, gives richness and structure to dry whites. It is the principal grape for the sweet white wines since it is particularly susceptible to noble rot.
Adds perfumed character and is mainly used for sweet whites.
Used occasionally in blends.
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