Topic of the Week 12/26/2018 - Advanced

Interesting points last week on the sub zones of Muscadet Sévre-et-Maine last week from , , , and . Thanks everyone!

This week: Carignan

Where does it grow? What are its challenges? What regions produce great examples? Name 3 top producers.

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  • Please let me know if anything is not accurate. I can always adjust!

    Where does it grow:

    • France
      • Languedoc-Roussillon
    • Spain
      • Catalonia (they call it Samso)
      •  Rioja (they call it Mazuelo)
    • Italy 
      • Sardinia
    • USA

    Challenges:

    • Late ripening (so it does better in hot regions that don't frost over during the cold months) 
    • Susceptible to powdery mild and downy mildew (so please only plant this grape is dry regions) 
    • At a young age Carignan can be extremely tannic (however old vine Carignan is delicious) 
    • Not Suitable for mechanical harvesting as its stalks are particularly tough (hand harvesting is costly) 
    • I've had trouble finding amazing Carignan, however I have found a couple of gems!

    What regions produce great examples:

    • Languedoc-Roussillon (this region crushes it)
    • Sardinia

    Name 3 Top Producers:

    • Domaine Bertrand Berge,Les Megalithes, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
    • Catina Santadi, Terre Brune, Carignano del Sulcis Superiore, Sradinia, Italy
    • Vall Llach, Porrera Vi de la Vila, Priorat DOCa, Spain 
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