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Lauzet grapes

by | Jan 13, 2017

Lauzet is a variety of white wine grape which is allowed in the Appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC) wines prepared in the Jurancon region.


This grape variety is considered to have an ancient origin and unfortunately it is on the verge of extinction today. As recorded in the surveys of the 20th century, the number of the vines of this grape variety is declining in a major number today and therefore it is on the very verge of extinction.

The growth and plantation of this variety of white wine grape are only seen in the regions of Southwestern France, mainly in the areas of Bearn and Jurancon respectively.

The grapes of this white wine grape variety are taken into use for the preparation of dry wines as well as sweet wines. This grape is also used in the production of late harvest wines labeled under the name of Vendanges Tardives (late harvest) under which these grapes are traditionally blended along with a number of grape varieties such as Petit Courbu, Gros Manseng as well as Petit Manseng.

Interestingly, a number of winemakers at the very popular Chateau Palmer in Marguax engaged themselves with the production of white wine from a very unique blend in which this variety of white wine grape played a very important role.

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This blend was carried out with them in the year 2007 and the wines were highly appreciated by the locals there. This wine was entitled as Vin Blanc de Chateau Palmer and was sold under the very humble appellation of Vin de France.

This blend was performed in between the different grape varieties such as Sauvignon Gris, Muscadelle, Lauzet as well as Merlot Blanc.

The vines of this white wine grape variety were sourced from the very estate of respected winemaker Robert Plageoles in Gaillac.

This grape variety has also been listed in the Catalogue of vine varieties in France. This variety of white wine grape is known under the different synonyms of Luazet Blanc, Laouset as well as Lercat Blanc.

Origin of the Lauzet grapes

The origin of this variety of white wine grape has not been confirmed as of now. However, it is believed that the vines of Lauzet find their origin in the vineyards of the Pyrenees region.

Characteristics of Lauzet Wines

The tips of the young shoots of the berries of this grape possess a heavy coat of flat lying hairs. The adult leaves of the plant are small to moderate as to their size.

The berries of this grape variety are very round in shape and are upright as to their recognition. This grape variety is considered as very vigorous in nature and is commonly long pruned.

Talking about the sensitivity of this grape, the vines of Lauzet are very much prone to grey rot and this is the reason they require a proper attention during their growth period.

The clusters of these grapes are very small in size and so are the berries of this grape. The potential quality of this variety of white wine grape is very interesting.

The amazing characteristics of this white wine grape variety make this grape in the production of dry wines that are very rich as to their level of alcohol. At the same time, these wines are considered to be having a good level of tannins and acidity.

The flavours of the wines prepared out of this white wine grape are fruity and the fragrance of these wines comes along with a little hint of spice.

Overall, the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety serve as decent wines on the table and therefore they are preferred by a number of people either in their dry form or in the blended version.

Food matches for Lauzet Wines

Since the wines produced out of this grape variety successfully maintain a good level of acidity, they can be paired with a number of dishes.

These wines taste best when they are paired with different food items such as white sauce pasta, risotto, porc a la moutarde (pork with a wine, cream and mustard-based sauce) in the dry form and different kinds of sweets such as the pears and blue cheese as well as pecan pie.

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Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

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