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Grape Varieties - Carignan

Carignan

Good and bad here. Can be something of a dog, to grow as well as to drink. 

Carignan's origins lie in northern Spain, where it is called Mazuelo. From there it moved energetically into southern France where plantings as recently as the late noughties outstripped those of Spain by as much as nine times. 

Carignan suffers from all sorts of fungal diseases and ripens late, ergo damp, cool climates are a no-go. Even when clean and ripe the wine can be testing: high in acidity and occasionally agricultural tannin. Yet carefully made examples can be delicious. 

Signature Style

Signature Style

Deeply coloured, sometimes tough wines of high acidity. Often made through the technique of carbonic maceration to soften the structure.

Famous Examples

Famous Examples

None

Principle Regions

Principle Regions

The Languedoc-Roussillon; Northern Spain; Sardinia.

Synonyms

Synonyms

Mazuelo; Bovale di Spagna; Bovale Grande; Cariñena; Samso.

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