Designation for the mixture of grape varieties or a cuvée typical of the French wine-growing regions of the Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon. For red wines, these are the Syrah, Grenache Noir(Garnacha Tinta), Mourvèdre(Monastrell), Cinsaut, Carignan Noir(Mazuelo) and others. The Cinsaut variety is very often the main ingredient in rosé wines. For white wines, the main varieties are Grenache Blanc(Garnacha Blanca), Marsanne, Rolle(Vermentino), Roussanne, Viognier and others.
However, the number and proportion of grape varieties vary greatly by appellation. A group of winegrowers in California also prefers to use these grape varieties and is therefore called Rhône Rangers. Another typical blend of grape varieties in France is the well-known Bordeaux blend.
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