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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Brulhois, red wine aoc in south west france. About 118 ha/290 acres of Bordeaux varieties plus the Gascon tannat (which must constitute 15–40% of the blend) with a little fer remained in 2011 in the rolling farmland down river of Moissac on both sides of the River Garonne. From medieval times the Brulhois wines of the haut pays were blended with those of Bordeaux down river but the ravages of phylloxera in the late 19th century were followed by widespread planting of hybrids. The district’s wines made from recently replanted vinifera vines were given vin de pays status initially before an elevation to vdqs in 1984. The wines are usually well coloured and the best can offer a good meeting-point between Gascon and Bordelais influences. Most are made by one of the two co-operatives and consumed locally.