Our grape varieties
Find out more about our 9 main grape varieties
Did you know there are over 10,000 grape varieties worldwide? That said, only a few have any regional or national significance and you only have to remember 9 to be an expert in Bergerac and Duras Wine!
Why blend wine?
Why are there 9 varieties and not just one for reds and one for white wine?
It’s simple: “blended wine” is when several varieties are brought together to produce deeper and more complex wine. Blending is compulsory in Bergerac but not in Duras.
Our winemakers make varieties and vintages separately. Blending adds the finishing touch. Just like an artist with their pots of paint, a winemaker blends varieties and vintages to produce the best possible wine.
They give the wine its own personality by blending three varieties for red and two for white wine.
Cabernet Franc gives wine its freshness, finesse and aromatic complexity.
Malbec is famous for its complex and stand-out aromatic bouquet and its deep dark hue. It’s an original, punchy and fruity variety that you will find in wine such as our Pécharmant.
Sémillon is the main variety for sweet and dessert wine as it lends itself to noble rot. It also gives dry white wine body and complexity. Sémillon produces complex, aromatic and fine wine which ages well.
A floral and fruity variety that exudes intense freshness. It is blended with sémillon to make sweet and dessert wine.
Highly aromatic Chenin Blanc produces fruity wine with a smooth bouquet and delicate acidity that can be laid down for a long time.
This variety’s high acidity brings freshness to the wine.