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What the heck is Garrigue?

Garrigue is a plant community in Mediterranean climates. It consists of a variety of different flora species. This is a unique combination of herbs and plants such as Lavender, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme and other native varieties. These are typically “Scrub” areas with a few trees. These trees are often Oaks and Pines. The alkaline soils are often made up of limestone. This collection of soil, rock, plants and sun create unique herbaceous and savory notes in wine and food. The wines of these areas, particularly southern France, have a distinct smell and taste directly associated with Garrigue. The Languedoc-Roussillon wine region is the champion of this characteristic.


Domaine Oliver Pithon Calce Lais Rouge featured in the 1856 Wine Club for September is a prime example of Garrigue. The flavors and smells of Garrigue come through clearly, balanced with ripe fruit. A perfect wine to match with hearty foods.


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