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May 30, 2022 View:

New grape varieties allowed in Bordeaux

New legal grape varieties were approved in Bordeaux last year and some growers are already using them. As things stand now, the new varieties are only permitted at the Bordeaux regional level and in Super Bordeaux.

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They were to occupy no more than 5% of the total vineyard area, or no more than 10% of the final wine. At the time, this was considered a bold move. In the future, it is not impossible that other Bordeaux appellations (such as Pauillac, Margaux and Pomerol) will be allowed to use some other varieties.

As the climate warms, varietal changes are possible in every appellation. It is reported that some producers in Burgundy are starting to promote white grape varieties other than Chardonnay, such as Aligoté.