France has the world's largest Grenache presence, with more hectares planted than any variety other than Merlot. The majority of Grenache is planted in the southern Rhône valley.

The grapes are large with thin skins, high sugar levels and low acidity and produce very fruity, rich, sweet-tasting wine with strawberry and raspberry characters and notes of white pepper and liquorice which evolve into toffee and leather with age. Grenache needs a hot climate to ripen and is often blended with other grape varieties. The wine produced is paler than most reds.

Many southern Rhône wines include several grape varieties as well as Grenache; the hotter and drier conditions here are ideal. The most famous appellation is Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its wines are typically full bodied, with medium tannins, low acidity and a character that includes strawberry, pepper, liquorice and leather notes. Increasing numbers of premium Grenache based wines are being made in Minervois.

It is easy to make fruity rosé from Grenache, which tends to be strawberry flavoured. Grenache is used widely for rosé in southern France.

ADM Rioja Joven

Bodegas Cerrolaza

Tempranillo 50%, Carignan 25%, Grenache/Garnacha 25%

Appealing deep aromas. A fruity nose of raspberry and redcurrant together with fine oaky hints from its six months ageing in oak barrels. Well rounded and balanced. On the palate, it is beautifully fresh and lively, with a slight acidity, and palatable tannins from the American oak round it out. Hints of liquorice in the finish.

ABV 13.5%

Quinteiro Tempranillo

Bodegas Gallegas
Galicia, Spain

Tempranillo 60%, Grenache/Garnacha 40%

Red wine of a cherry colour with ruby rim. Spicy and fruity hints on the nose. Appreciated for its balance with soft tannins in the mouth providing a lingering finish.

Contains: sulphites.

ABV 12.0%

Chateauneuf du Pape l'Enclave

Cellier des Dauphins
Rhône, France

Grenache/Garnacha 60%, Syrah/Shiraz 30%, Mourvèdre 10%

Elegant with tannins that are perfect for ageing. Young, they are fleshy, soft and generous, turning towards fruit and spice notes, particularly scrubland and evolving towards notes of leather and orchard fruits.

ABV 14.5%

Côtes du Rhône La Chapelle de Pied Vaurias

Cellier des Dauphins
Rhône, France

Grenache/Garnacha 50%, Syrah/Shiraz 40%, Cinsault 10%

A very brilliant red with violet glints. Typical regional berries on the nose with distinct aromas of blackcurrant and raspberry. A rounded, well-balanced wine with quite a long, fruity finish. Soft body without excess tannins.

ABV 13.5%

Château de Pibarnon Rouge

Château de Pibarnon
Bandol, Provence, France

Mourvèdre 90%, Grenache/Garnacha 10%

Very freshly aromas of blackcurrant, fresh cherry, married with rare spices and tobacco. Fat mouth with amplitude, large body, deepness with fine tannins and long finish. Very well balanced and elegant.

ABV 14.0%

Chateau Millegrand Cuvée Aurore

Château Millegrand
Capestang, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Syrah/Shiraz 50%, Grenache/Garnacha 40%, Carignan 5%, Mourvèdre 5%

This wine has a beautifully intense and deep red colour. At first, the nose offers small very ripe red and black fruits, followed by more complex menthol and peppery notes.

The palate is full-bodied, harmonious and fruity with fine, silky tannins.

Excellent with lamb cutlets, grilled duck breast, sirloin steak and mature cheeses.

ABV 14.0%

M de Minuty Rosé

Château Minuty
Côtes de Provence, France

Grenache/Garnacha 50%, Cinsault 40%, Syrah/Shiraz 10%

A magnificent wine of pleasure, the aromatic harmony of Grenache and Cinsault offers some notes of peach and candied orange. The mouth is fresh and round.

ABV 13.0%

Rosé et Or

Château Minuty
AOC Côtes de Provence, France

Grenache/Garnacha 85%, Tibouren 15%

This rosé with a vibrating expression is a concentration of greedy aromas, with an intense freshness which offers the full expression of fruits.

ABV 13.0%

Côtes du Rhône Domaine Chantepierre

Domaine Chantepierre
Rhône, France

Grenache/Garnacha 60%, Syrah/Shiraz 20%, Carignan 10%, Mourvèdre 10%

Bright lively garnet red. Powerful aromas of spice and red fruit. Soft attack, structure and mellowed, good, long finish.

Contains: sulphites

ABV 14.0%

Lirac Domaine Chantepierre

Domaine Chantepierre
Tavel, Rhône, France

Grenache/Garnacha 50%, Syrah/Shiraz 30%, Carignan 10%, Mourvèdre 10%

Bright deep crimson shot through with mauve. Animally, ripe fruit, caramel. Soft attack, good structure, aftertaste of liquorices, notes of toast at the end.

ABV 14.5%

Côtes du Rhône

Domaine Etienne Guigal
Rhône, France

Grenache/Garnacha 52%, Syrah/Shiraz 45%, Mourvèdre 3%

Deep, dark red in colour. Fresh fruit aromas with red and black berries. The palate is full, powerful and racy with rounded and smooth tannins. A full bodied, rich and intensely aromatic wine. Full with a soft finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit. Goes well with cold meats, meat, game bird and cheese.

ABV 14.0%

Vacqueyras 'Tradition'

Domaine Le Colombier

Grenache/Garnacha 70%, Syrah/Shiraz 20%, Mourvèdre 10%

Ruby red colour. Cherry and small red fruit appear immediately in the nose and in mouth. A very good balance between tannins, acidity and alcohol.

ABV 14.5%

Diamarine Rosé

Estandon Vignerons
Coteaux Varois en Provence

Cinsault, Grenache/Garnacha, Syrah/Shiraz

Pale pink, very expressive on the nose. Deliciously tangy on the palate with fresh fruit and citrus peel aromas leading to a very elegant finish.

ABV 13.0%

Cavalier Rosé Sec

G.F. Cavalier
Alsace, France

Cabernet Franc, Grenache/Garnacha, Syrah/Shiraz

A nice pink robe with bright glints and a thin cordon of bubbles. Warm fruity nose (red fruits: strawberry, blackcurrant) with a good vinosity. Subtle marriage of effervescence with colouring materials. Nice persistence in mouth. Harmonious sensation of sugar and acidity.

Goes well as an aperitif or with desserts.

ABV 12.0%

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