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Zoom image alternative names: Garnacha Blanca growing locations: France: Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhône Valley; Spain aromas: Citrus, herbs, flowers, dill
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Grenache Blanc

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Vinified at low temperatures and without malolactic fermentation, Grenache Blanc yields an attractive, fleshy, generously fruity medium-bodied wine. In both French AOC and Spanish DO appellations, it is part of a blend with other grape varieties. In France, it contributes significantly to white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes-du-Rhône and Tavel rosé.
In Spain, Garnacha Blanca is an important component of the white wines of Navarra and Aragón and also contributes to the blends of Priorato and Alella. Some producers are experimenting with Grenache Blanc on its own under table wine designations, with respectable results.

growing conditions

Grenache Blanc thrives in hot, arid, windy conditions on rocky soils. The vine is hardy, vigorous and resistant to coulure (the failure of the flowers to develop into berries) and is also prone to low acidity. When yield is restricted, the fruit offers good phenolics and alcohol, but in general it oxidizes easily.

origin and history

Grenache Blanc is native to northeast Spain. It is planted throughout the French and Spanish Mediterranean basin, mainly on both slopes of the Pyrenees.

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