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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Aspiran, officially but not popularly known as Rivairenc, is a very old dark-skinned grape variety of the languedoc which once represented about a quarter of all vines in the Hérault département, but was rarely replanted after phylloxera because it is not particularly productive. The odd hectare that remains yields limited quantities of light but perfumed red wine and it is a permitted grape variety in minervois. Its progeny Aspiran Bouschet is almost extinct in France but can be found in Mendoza and Chile.