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Cotes du Roussillon

By far the largest appellation in the wine-growing region Roussillon that the entire department Pyrenees Orientales includes. The vineyards make up 8,800 hectares of vines in 125 communities. Red wine and rosé must be blended from at least two main varieties and a secondary variety, the main varieties being Carignan Noir ( Mazuelo ) with a maximum of 60%, Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ), Lladon Pelut ( Garnacha Peluda ) and Cinsaut. The secondary varieties Syrah, Mourvèdre and Macabeo may make up a maximum of 20%. The white wine consists of Macabeo, Grenache Blanc ( Garnacha Blanca ), Marsanne, Roussanne, Role ( Vermentino ) and Malvoisie de Roussillon ( Torbato ).

Côtes du Roussillon - vineyards near Lansac

To the north is the Côtes du Roussillon-Villages area with 25 municipalities. The three municipalities Caramany, Latour-de-France , Lesquerde and Tautavel are classified as Cru and may use the name. The appellation only applies to red wines; the rose and white wines must be declared as Côtes du Roussillon. The blend of grape varieties is similar, only 15% Syrah and Mourvèdre are required. Well-known producers are CV de Baixas, Château de Canterrane, Château La Casenove, Château de Jau, CV Catalans, Domaine Cazes Frères, Domaine des Chênes, Domaine Força Réal, Domaine Gardiés, Domaine Gauby, Domaine du Mas Camo, Domaine Mas Crémat, Domaine Matassa, Domaine Piquemal, Domaine de la Rectorie. Domaine Sarda-Malet, Domaine des Schistes and Les Maitres Vignerons de Tautavel.

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