OUR ENDEMIC GRAPE : ABOURIOU
The Abouriou is a red grape variety native to the region of Lot-et-Garonne which appeared on our hillside in the XIXth century. In danger of disappearing in the XXth century, it has been preserved thanks to the perseverance of our wine producers who created in 2004 a conservatory to study and protect it.
This grape variety gives to our wines their deep colour, their aromas of black fruit and sublimates its substance by giving them smoothness and silkiness. The Abouriou is a surprising grape varietal with many qualities.
Complementarity It is a sizeable asset for our wines. Two banks, two terroir which have drawn their fertility from the depths of the river Garonne for decades. A river which has shaped our landscapes and has given to our terroir all their resources. On one side, the right bank, composed by clayey and limestone molasses where the Merlot and the Abouriou are especially blooming. On the other side, the left bank, with its sandy and gravely soils where numerous sea sediments were found.
Grâce à la complémentarité de son terroir, le vignoble des Côtes du Marmandais possède un encépagement très diversifié.
The vineyards of the appellation has a great diversity of grape varieties. Their are composed of traditional grape varieties such as Merlot (40% of the surfaces), Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet franc but also with typical grape varieties such as Malbec and Abouriou. White grape varietals are also grown in the vineyards, mainly Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.