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Vinsobres wine appellation
Wine appellation

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Vinsobres is a relatively new wine appellation in the Cotes du Rhone region of France having been elevated to AOC status in February 2006. Vinsobres is a commune in the Drome just immeidately north of Vaison-la-Romaine and close to Nyons. The production of still red wines is permitted here.
The permitted grape varieties read like an ampelography digest. The principal grape variety is Grenache supported by Mourvedre and Syrah. However, in this appellation there are 'accessory' grape varieties that can be used and these are Bourboulenc, Brun Argent, Carignan, Cinsaut, Clairette, Clairette Rose, Counoise, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Marsanne, Muscardin, Piquepoul Blanc, Piquepoul Noir, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Ugni Blanc and Viognier. There are rules about the proportions. Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvedre must comprise at least 80% of the blend with the Grenache being at least 50% of the total. Mourvedre and Syrah must be at least 25% of the total blend. The accessory varieties must be less than or equal to 20% of the blend and white varieties must not exceed 5% of the total.
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