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Atlantique

One of the six major regional IGP areas for the production of local wines in France. The other five are Comtés Rhodaniens, Comté Tolosan, Méditerranée, Pays d'Oc and Val de Loire. It is located in the southwest on the Atlantic coast and includes the four départements of Charente, Charente-Maritime, Dordogne and Gironde in their entirety, as well as a large part of the département of Lot-et-Garonne. The area created in 2006 includes parts of the wine-growing regions of Bordeaux and southwest France. This enables Bordeaux winegrowers to produce local wines, which was not possible until then. The climate is Atlantic with mild winters and long sunny summers. Red wines are pressed to 50%, and rose and white wines from the classic Bordeaux varieties to 25% each. The most important red wine varieties are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Carmenère and Malbec(Cot), the most important white wines are Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Muscadelle, Ugni Blanc(Trebbinao Toscano), Colombard and Chardonnay.

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