Principal Grape Varieties
FACTS ON GRAPE GROWING & WINE-MAKING in BERGERAC
Size of the vineyards: 12,220 hectares
Production volume: 165,000 hectolitres
Vineyards:1240 winegrowers - 45% independent winegrowers, 55% cooperative winegrowers with
8 cooperative units including 2 cooperative organisations, 33% of production potential
Soil: Mainly limestone, Clayey limestone, sandstone and clay.
Weather: Bordeaux like, but milder with abundant sunshine and less Atlantic influence.
The regional appellations: red Bergerac, dry Bergerac, white Côtes de Bergerac and Bergerac
rosé, representing the heart of the market,
Through the differentiation of its terroirs and the wishes of its growers
to advance the appellation’s requirements, the Bergerac wine region can now offer
precise segmentation of its 13 appellations.
The terroir appellations: the dessert wines of Monbazillac and Saussignac, the great red
wines of Côtes de Bergerac, Montravel and Pécharmant, Montravel and the great Bergeracs for
the dry wines; and lastly, Côtes de Montravel, Haut-Montravel and Rosette for the sweet wines.
WINES OF BERGERAC
The seven regional terrior appellations give an insight into the extent of the Bergerac
|Pecharmant (red wine)|
A special blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec that reflect a
unique terrior—elegant and age well.
Rosette (semi-sweet wines)
A straw-coloured blend of three grapes—Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle resulting
in a rounded elegant wine.
Montravel (red, dry white, & semi-sweet wines)
Production is divided between the red grapes of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
and Malbec; and the white grapes of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle.
Bergerac (red, rose and dry white wines)
Cote de Bergerac (red and semi-sweet wines)
Fruity elegant red and rose wines from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Dry white aromatic wines from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle produced in a range
from fruity to fuller rounded styles.
Red wines are made from a traditional blend resulting in big powerful wines with good
cellaring potential. While the semi-sweet whites from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and
Muscadelle, are best drunk young when full of fresh flavour.
Monbazillac (sweet wines)
|Saussignac (red and semi-sweet wines)
Reds from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc produce an easy to drink pleasant
style, but the claim to fame are the semi-sweet wines blended from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc,
Ondenc and Muscadelle and subjected to botrytis (noble rot) that gives an intense,
Blended from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle with only grapes effected by
‘noble rot’ these are elegant, powerful wines with a powerful bouqet of honey,
accia and peach.