Château Maresque Rouge Tradition 2018
with 50% Prunelard
guide hachette-vins 2021
Origin: native to the Southwest France and one of the oldest grape varieties of Gaillac. It is often confused with Malbec, which is actually one of its descendants. It was considered lost after the phylloxera crisis; however, in 2008, it once again took the stage and was reintegrated into the list of grape varieties mentioned in the AOC Gaillac specifications.
Characteristics: strong but not very productive.
Tasting: rich, structured wines with dark, fruity flavours.
Blending: today, it is used by certain winegrowers to make single grape wines, but most commonly blended with other red grape varieties.
Origin: very old grape variety of the Gaillac wine-growing region, native to Tarn. It completely disappeared after the phylloxera crisis. Considered a mandatory grape variety according to the 1970 AOC Gaillac Red Wine regulation, this grape gradually started to grow again throughout the vineyards of Gaillac.
Characteristics: strong and fertile, it especially likes poor, sandy and limestone soil.
Tasting: deep red wine with fine tannins and spicy, peppery flavours.
Blending: blended with Braucol or Syrah, it is rarely used to make singe grape wine.
Braucol (ou Fer Servadou)
Origin: originating from Spanish Basque Country and then redistributed by the pilgrims on the Way of Saint James.
Characteristics: traditional, hardy grape variety with occasional irregular fertility.
Tasting: original and distinctive flavours, such as blackcurrant and raspberry.
Blending: some winegrowers have started to use it to make single grape wine; however, it is most often blended with other red grape varieties from the Gaillac wine-growing region.