Abouriou grape variety from the South West of France

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Abouriou grape variety
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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Abouriou is a vigorous, red grape variety common in the Côtes du Marmandais of South West of France and which is indigenous to the area. Abouriou is also found in some areas of California. The leaves of this grape variety are quite recognisable with five distinct 'lobes' with the lower central lobe having a distinct V shape.
The Côtes du Marmandais lies just behind Bordeaux near Graves and other red grape varieties grown here include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Gamay. It is also a permitted secondary grape in the Buzet appellation which is also in south-west France.
Abouriou is mainly used as a blending grape rather than being vinified as a grape in its own right. A good example of a wine that uses the Abouriou grape is the Domaine Elian Da Ros Clos Baquey.

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