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Cotes du Roussillon wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Cotes du Roussillon is a significant wine appellation in southern France covering over 100 communes radiating out from the southern city of Perpignan.
The rules for this appellation are a little complex with many grape varieties allowed yet restrictions placed on the percentages of each.
Red wines are permitted to use Carignan, Grenache, Lladonner, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsaut and Maccabeu. Carignan must comprise less than 60% of the blend while Syrah and Mourvedre combined must be greater than 20%. Maccabeu must not exceed 10% except in the rose where it can comprise up to 30%.
White wines are vinified from a combination of some or all of Grenache Blanc, Maccabeu, Rolle (Vermentino), Tourbat, Marsanne and Roussanne.
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