“If you’ve heard of carignan, you may be surprised at that last one. It’s the workhorse grape of the Languedoc, where it has traditionally made dense, plodding reds – “giving a solid taste fundament to many wines”, as the quaintly translated website carignanday.net puts it. In the Languedoc, it’s usually blended with other grapes such as grenache, syrah and mourvèdre, but to my mind the most interesting carignans come from the Maule Valley in Chile, where a group of producers called Vigno has banded together to promote the variety. If you’re still sceptical, treat yourself to a bottle of the Garage Wine Co’s super-velvety Field Blend Old Vine Carignan Lot #27 2010
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