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Wine Wisdoms #39: The Smell of Garrigue

Thursday, August 6th, 2009 at 1:32:55 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies


Garrigue is a tasting term used to describe herbal, earthy and/or lavender-like aromas that are often found in wines from the Mediterranean basin (including the Rhone Valley and Provence). The term originates from a type of perfumed, seaside scrub-brush composed of kermes oak, herbs and flowers such as lavender, thyme, sage and rosemary. Certain circles consider it to be the best example of terroir, in that the well-made wines from this region have an undeniable, unique earthiness that can only be ascribed to the climate and soil of the region where the grapes are grown.

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