Carignan

Carignan is the grape which really distinguishes the red wines of the Languedoc and Roussillon from those of the southern Rhône (in the latter Grenache is ubiquitous and dominant, and Syrah and Mourvèdre are the preferred blending grapes).

It has been a much maligned grape. For example Jancis Robinson’s Oxford Companion to Wine thunders: "Carignan, late-ripening black grape variety which could fairly be called the bane of the European wine industry. ...distinguished only by its disadvantages".

So what’s wrong with it?  Well, it can crop hugely, and produce vast quantities of acidic, tannic, rough red wine. As a result the French authorities used to pay for the up-rooting of Carignan: sadly, far too many old vines were pulled out.

But Carignan from old vines - at least 30 years old - pruned hard, and from hillside vineyards can produce splendid wine; deep coloured, tannic, spicy and with autumnal fruit which becomes meaty with age. It has a special affinity for schist, the foliated rock found all over the Languedoc and Roussillon.

Carignan was crossed to Cabernet Sauvignon to give Ruby Cabernet - a bastard grape if ever there was one.

Our Carignan Wines…

 Finca Tobella, Priorat, Selección, 2017

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Finca Tobella, Priorat, Selección, 2017

A blockbuster, a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon with a year in oak....

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionPriorat

ColourRed

ABV14.8%

Bottle75cl

CodeTOB317

GrapeCarignan, Grenache & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres, Amandiers Rouge, 2019

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres, Amandiers Rouge, 2019

An unoaked blend of half Syrah with 20% of Grenache and Carignan and 10% Mourvèdre....

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc-Roussillon

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeLIQ219

GrapeGrenache, Carignan & Mourvedre

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, L'Ampoule, 2020

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, L'Ampoule, 2020

L’Ampoule is a slang synonym for a bottle: in the south of France they talk of “péter une...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc-Roussillon

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeLIQ420

GrapeGrenache, Carignan & Mourvedre

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, Tarroussel, 2019

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, Tarroussel, 2019

Largely Grenache, from a lieu-dit near the cellar, with Carignan. This exhibits that lovely...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc-Roussillon

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeLIQ019

GrapeGrenache & Carignan

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Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbieres Rouge, Reserve Grand Arc, 2018

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Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbieres Rouge, Reserve Grand Arc, 2018

This is the latest vintage of one of our staples at SVS: about 50% Carignan, with 35% Grenache...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeDGA218

GrapeCarignan, Grenache & Mourvedre

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Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon, Rouge, Initium, 2017

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Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon, Rouge, Initium, 2017

From Syrah, Grenache and Carignan grown on schist near Maury, unoaked, this is a classic...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRoussillon

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeFON117

GrapeSyrah, Grenache & Carignan

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Les Pradelles, IGP Herault, 2020

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Les Pradelles, IGP Herault, 2020

Light-Medium Bodied

Les Pradelles, IGP Herault, 2020

From Carignan and Grenache. Red fruited with a surprisingly good texture, no rough edges, soft,...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePRD120

GrapeCarignan & Grenache

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Mas d'Agamas, Carignan Bleu, IGP Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, 2019

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Mas d'Agamas, Carignan Bleu, IGP Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, 2019

Carignan Bleu - a variant of Carignan - is named because of the bluish tint the grapes take on...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeAGA119

GrapeCarignan

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Finca Tobella, Negre, Priorat, 2020

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Finca Tobella, Negre, Priorat, 2020

From a recently founded estate in Priorat in Catalonia, a great Spanish terroir, on steep...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionPriorat

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeTOB120

GrapeCarignan, Cabernet Sauvignon & Grenache

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