It gets warmer and drier in Languedoc, says Christophe Bousquet at Domaine Pech Redon in La Clape. This cannot completely be compensated for by irrigation. That’s why Christophe this summer is going to plant grape varieties that are used to an even warmer climate.
He has chosen Nero d’Avola (!) from Sicily and the amazing white grape Assyrtiko from Greece. We’ll have to be patient for a few years before these grapes are available as wine in a bottle. But we know Christophe’s wines very well and we have the feeling that he will make really good wines out of these two grapes.
Nero d’Avola and Assyrtiko cannot be used for an appellation (AOP) wine but they are allowed to be planted in France and can be sold as vin de france.
Read more about new grapes in Languedoc: larvf.com
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