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Aramon grape variety
Wine glossary

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Aramon is a red grape variety from the Languedoc in southern France. We have become obsessed by the wines of Le Petit Domaine de Gimios and their Vin de Table Rosé. This is made from a field blend of grapes that includes the rare variety Aramon. This is an intriguing wine that is incredibly complex - a true contemplative wine!
Aramon was one of those grapes that the establishment thought should be ripped out and the space planted with international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz. However, thankfully, a few stubborn people in the region refused to go along with the crowd and kept their now precious vines. In 1958 there was 150,000 hectares planted to this grape and by 2005 this had plummeted to a mere 4,500 hectares.
The parentage of the grape has never been firmly established although it is thought that one of the parents is the ever-present Gouais blanc.
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