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Saint Chinian wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

The Saint Chinian wine appellation lies in the Languedoc Roussillon region of France and produces some very interesting red wines and roses on the schist-based soils from the Carignan grape along with Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. White wines are also permitted.
The appellation falls within the département of Herault and covers 20 communes including the commune of Saint Chinian.
The permitted grape varieties are Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Lladoner Pelut. Of these, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Lladoner Pelut must comprise 60% of the plantings. Carignan is limited to 40% of the plantings and Cinsault to 30%.
White wines can be made from Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Rolle (Vermentino). Secondary grapes are Bourboulenc, Carignan Blanc, Clairette and Macabeu Blanc.
There are also two new Saint Chinian areas (Berlou and Roquebrun) which can have their names appended to the Saint Chinian.
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