or more properly Mauzac Blanc

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Mauzac or more properly Mauzac Blanc is a declining white grape in south west france, especially in its birthplace gaillac and limoux, where it is the traditional and still principal vine variety. It produces relatively aromatic wines which are usually blended, with Len de l’El around Gaillac and with Chenin and Chardonnay in Limoux. France’s total area of Mauzac had fallen to 1,806 ha/4,461 acres by 2011. Thanks to energetic winemakers such as Robert Plageoles, since the late 1980s there has been a revival of interest in Gaillac’s Mauzac, which comes in several different hues, sweetness levels, and degrees of fizziness. During the 1970s and 1980s in Limoux, total plantings of Mauzac rose but have declined as the appellation, for both still and fizzy wines, has been invaded by Chardonnay.