Bourboulenc

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Bourboulenc is an ancient Provençal white grape variety. Ripening late but keeping its acidity well, it is allowed into a wide variety of Provençal and southern Rhône appellations (including Châteauneuf-du-Pape) but is rarely encountered as a dominant variety other than in the distinctively marine whites of La clape and an increasing number of other Languedoc whites. France’s total area of Bourboulenc was 566 ha/1,398 acres in 2011. Together with Maccabéo, it should constitute more than 50% of the blend for any white minervois, and the two, with Grenache Blanc, should dominate corbières Blanc. Wine produced can be fine, crisp, and aromatic.