Native to Provence, Clairette Rose is essentially reserved for the production of rosé wines. It is a pink mutation of the Clairette Blanche. This type of grape variety has medium to large bunches of medium-sized grapes.
Roussanne is a white grape variety, native, like Marsanne, to the south of the Drôme. It is well known in l’Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Savoie, Languedoc and Roussillon and in the southern Rhône valley, where it is highly appreciated. This grape variety has bunches of cylindrical shape and rather small grapes that turn red when ripe. Late-budding grape variety. This grape variety is graced with an elegant and very complex aromatic palette. It produces fine wines which can easily withstand several years of ageing.
Marsanne would have come about several centuries ago near Montélimar, in the Drôme. It can also be found in Cassis, in Savoy, in Languedoc-Roussillon or in Saint-Péray in the Ardèche, as well as on the famous hills of l’Hermitage.
Sensitive to the wind because its branches are fine and brittle, it requires perfect sunlight to develop its aromas to the maximum and should be harvested very early in the morning because its juice is sensitive to oxidation.
Grape variety from the south of France, the Clairette Blanche is typically southern. Its bunches are of average size and its grapes have particularly juicy flesh. It is a late-budding variety, very vigorous.
Grenache Blanc comes from Spain (a mutation of Grenache Rouge). Today, it is mainly found in the south of France, on the Mediterranean coast and in the Rhone valley. It is a robust grape variety that resists well to the wind and adapts to the region’s dry conditions. Its bunches are large, while its grapes, which are green-yellow in colour, are of rather average size.
It’s appreciated by winemakers for its freshness and its ability to produce little alcohol. Blended with white Grenache, Roussanne and Viognier, Bourboulenc brings a structure that enhances fruity and floral aromas and tempers the boldness with which these grape varieties are richly endowed.
Muscardin is a red grape variety from the Vaucluse. Its cylindrical bunches are compact and of average size. In autumn, its foliage often takes on a reddish hue. In principle, winegrowers don’t vinify it on its own. It’s systematically blended with other red grape varieties such as Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache. Muscardin is an additional grape variety that is used to make several southern wines. It gives them a note of freshness as well as a floral aroma.
The Grenache gris grape variety was first planted in the province of Aragon in Spain. Mainly used for rosé wines, Grenache gris brings power, elegance and minerality. It’s a grape variety that can withstand ageing very well if it is preserved.
Terret Noir cultivation is concentrated in the Mediterranean region. There are two other varieties of Terret, namely Terret Gris and Terret Blanc. Often blended with Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah, Terret Noir softens the wine and produces light, low-alcohol wines with good acidity. It is renowned for its plum and redcurrant aromas. It is an accessory grape variety which should not exceed 10% of the grape variety.