French Wine Appellations: Gaillac to Grand Roussillon

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Gaillac
Gaillac AOC wines come from the southwest of France. They come in all colors and are made from a variety of local and international grapes. The reds are made using carbonic maceration as for Beaujolais Nouveau.

Map Gaillac French Wine Region

Map Gaillac French Wine Region

Gaillac Doux
Gaillac Doux AOC wines come from the southwest of France. These peachy white wines are sweeter than their non-doux cousins. They are made from a wide variety of local and international grapes and may be cellared for 5 to 15 years.

Gaillac Mousseux DOC
Gaillac Mousseux AOC wines come from the southwest of France. These are fresh, fragrant sparkling whites or rosés made in the traditional (Champagne) method. The rosés are made from a variety of international and local red grapes.

Gaillac Mousseux Méthode Gaillaçoise AOC
Gaillac Mousseux Méthode Gaillaçoise AOC wines come from the southwest of France. The production process is simpler than for the previous wines and consequently they should cost less. These whites and rosés come in brut and demi-sec versions and are made from the same grapes as the above wines.

Gaillac Mousseux Méthode Gaillaçoise Doux AOC
Gaillac Mousseux Méthode Gaillaçoise Doux AOC wines come from the southwest of France. These wines are sweeter than their similarly named cousins because they are made from riper grapes.

Gaillac Premières Côtes AOC
Gaillac Premières Côtes AOC wines come from the southwest of France. These dry white wines use riper grapes than the Gaillac AOC and follow the same rules as Gaillac Doux except for the sweetness.

Gigondas AOC
Gigondas AOC wines come from the southern section of the Rhône Valley in southeastern France. These wines tend to be underrated so you may get a bargain. The reds are plummy and the rosés are dry. They contain a maximum of 80% Grenache and a wide variety of local and a few international red and white grapes. The reds may be cellared for 7 to 20 years; the rosés for 2 to 5 years.

Grand Roussillon AOC
Grand Roussillon AOC wines come from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southeastern France. This is an umbrella classification. Look for the more specific appellations.


Fronton
Fronton AOC wines come from southwest France. They were formerly known as Côtes du Frontonnais AOC. The reds are medium to full-bodied, the rosés are overly fruity. Both are made from a wide variety of international and local red grapes and must contain 50% to 70% Negrette. This dark red variety is a direct descendant of Mavro, a major red on Cyprus. Negrette's other claim to fame is its dozens and dozens of synonyms.

      
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