Carignan, a grape variety to be discovered with Delices and Gourmandises
Long associated with mass production in the Languedoc-Roussillon, Carignan regains its prestige thanks to the work on its making process made by some wine growers and its selection in the cellar of Delices and Gourmandises.
The renewal of Carignan, a wine noticed by Delices and Gourmandises
Originally coming from Spain, the grape Carignan arrived in France in the twelfth century and then clings to arid hills of Languedoc-Roussillon. After the phylloxera crisis, it is planted on thousands of hectares in irrigated plains of the region for its ability to produce in abundance. But Carignan was at that time associated with flat and insipid wines with bitter tannins. Only used in AOC wines, it quickly declined.
Fortunately, some winemakers pursued its culture on the Languedoc-Roussillon vineyards, improved the wine-producing method, thus allowing its renewal. This is how its fruity aromas, its powerful structure, its rich tannins and aging potential opened the doors of Delices and Gourmandises wine cellar.
Black chasselas grape, Carignan is a productive variety, but very susceptible to disease. It produces high alcohol wines, well colored and robust. It gives character and certain acidity to tannins blends. It also combines nicely with Syrah or Grenache.
A 100% Carignan in Delices and Gourmandises catalog
Thanks to the skill of a few wineries, we can now enjoy delicious 100% Carignan wines with opulent and varied flavors. Delices and Gourmandises offers us a nicely named La Caresse Merlot, a red Pays d’Oc with a nice jammy taste that has an aging potential of 3 to 5 years. This red wine from Languedoc-Roussillon IPG (Protected Geographical Indication) will be great with a cassoulet or a stewed meat dish.
Delices and Gourmandises also offers us an AOC red Minervois, the Domaine du Bosc Rochet, blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah.