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Marselan

Marselan is a relatively new hybrid grape variety which is rapidly gaining interest among both winemakers and wine lovers alike. It offers an interesting range of aromas and flavours with a well-balanced structure.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Marselan produces a deep purple-coloured juice with a vibrant hue. Its aroma profile is dominated by notes of blackberry, redcurrant and black pepper, whilst its palate is medium-bodied, with a pleasantly supple texture and fine tannins. The taste is dominated by ripe red fruit and blackberry, with hints of spice and liquorice.

Fresh Marselan grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Marselan is originately from the south of France, but gained its reputation in China and Uruguay. Despite the shy of vineyard surface in China, Marselan is seen as a top quality wine grape for Chinese wine, recognized by many wine critics and experts as the signature grape of China. In France, it scattered in the southern regions like southern Rhone, Languedoc-Roussilon and Bordeaux. It can be found in small quantities in Spain and Argentina too. Marselan is resistent to mildew and botrytis and grows well in warmer regions. It was added to the permitted grape in Bordeaux in 2016, along with the Portuguese varieties to adapt to the climate change in the region. Due to its characteristics, it can be made as a lighter, accessible wine, as well as richer, bolder and more complex wine with oak aging. Marselan wines from China are usually single varietal. Those wines are medium-bodied, with intense fruit flavors of ripe cherry, blackberry, and some spicy, leathery notes. In France, it is usually added to IGP wines as a blending partner. Marselan wines pair well with a range of dishes, including grilled meats, roast chicken and hearty stews. They are also a great match for tomato-based pasta dishes and hard cheese.

Foods to pair with Marselan:

Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Marselan
Marselan is a relatively recent creation, having been created in 1961 in France by crossing Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. It was originally developed as a way to create a more disease-resistant variety which was suited to the Languedoc-Roussillon region.

Top Wines with Marselan

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Bodega Garzón Reserva Marselan

Bodega Garzón

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Bodega Garzón Reserva Marselan is a premium red wine produced by Bodega Garzón, a renowned winery located in the Maldonado region of Uruguay. The wine is made from the Marselan grape variety, which is known for its deep color and intense flavors. The vineyards are situated on rolling hills with a unique terroir that includes granite soils and a cool maritime climate. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in French oak barrels for 12 months. The resulting wine is a full-bodied and complex red with notes of black fruit, spices, and a hint of vanilla. It is a perfect choice for wine enthusiasts looking for a unique and high-quality wine from a lesser-known wine region.
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beef
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vegetables
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fruits
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Domaine de la Mongestine Bob Singlar

Domaine de la Mongestine

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Domaine de la Mongestine Bob Singlar is a highly regarded wine from the renowned appellation of Provence in France. This wine is crafted by a skilled producer who has mastered the art of winemaking. The vineyard features a unique terroir, with its well-drained soils and optimal sun exposure, resulting in grapes of exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves careful selection and gentle handling of the grapes to preserve their natural flavors and aromas. The style of this wine is elegant and refined, with a perfect balance of fruitiness and acidity. It is a true representation of the terroir and the expertise of the producer.
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grilled meats
fruit salads
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Bodega Garzón Balasto

Bodega Garzón

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Bodega Garzón Balasto is an exceptional wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from the renowned appellation of Garzón, this wine is crafted from grapes grown in a unique vineyard. The vineyard's distinct features, such as its rocky soil and optimal sun exposure, contribute to the wine's exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves careful selection and hand-harvesting of the grapes, followed by a meticulous fermentation and aging process. The result is a wine that exudes elegance and complexity, with a rich and full-bodied style.
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roasted meats
hard cheeses
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Gerard Bertrand Kosmos 888 Red Blend

Gérard Bertrand

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Gerard Bertrand Kosmos 888 Red Blend is an organic wine produced by the renowned winemaker Gérard Bertrand. The grapes are sourced from vineyards in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, known for its diverse terroir and ideal growing conditions. The wine is a blend of several different grape varieties, resulting in a rich and complex flavor profile. The winemaking process involves traditional techniques, including hand harvesting and aging in oak barrels. The wine is full-bodied with notes of dark fruit, spice, and a hint of garrigue. Its smooth tannins and balanced acidity make it a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes.
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Montepeloso Nardo Toscana

Montepeloso

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Montepeloso Nardo Toscana is a premium red wine produced by Montepeloso, a renowned winery located in the Tuscan region of Italy. The wine is made from a blend of Sangiovese, and Marselan grapes, sourced from the estate's vineyards that are situated on the hillsides of Suvereto. The vineyards are characterized by their unique terroir, which includes a mix of clay, limestone, and volcanic soils, and are farmed using sustainable and organic practices. The winemaking process involves a combination of traditional and modern techniques, including fermentation in stainless steel tanks and aging in French oak barrels. The resulting wine is a full-bodied and complex red, with notes of dark fruit, spice, and earthy undertones, making it a perfect pairing for hearty meat dishes.
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