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Ruffiac grapes

by | Feb 25, 2017

Ruffiac, also known as Arrufiac is considered as a very famous variety of white wine grape which hails from France.

Ruffiac

In France, this grape variety is referred to as one of the most sought after white wine grape varieties.

This grape variety is mostly seeded in the Gascony area of (France ) South West and is mostly considered as a secondary grape in the wines of the famous Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Appellation d’origine controlee (AOC).

This grape entertains a very long history of it being blended with the Petit Courbu in the Gascon wines.

Recently, this grape has experienced a sudden resurgence of interest in the late 20th century, which followed the release of the famous white blends from the Andre Dubosc of Producteurs Plaintmont, which is considered as one of the largest co-operative wineries of this particular region since 1980s.

This grape has been used as to the production and preparation of a number of tasteful wines all throughout the regions of Gascony.

In this particular region, this white wine grape was very frequently blended with the famous Petit Courbu, which when combined with this grape variety produce some highly aromatic wines that are sipped by the people at large.

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Apart from Petit Courbu, this white wine grape variety is also blended with various other grape varieties of the regions that include Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng as well as Jurancon.

This white wine grape variety is majorly used as a minor ingredient as to the production of all kinds of dry and sweet wines when blended with many other grapes.

The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety is considered to be having high contents of alcohol into it and these grapes also carry the potential to make the wines which are considered as highly aromatic in nature.

This white wine grape variety is often mistaken with Raffiat de Moncade that comes from the neighboring appellation of Bearn.

However, the DNA analysis later has showed that both these grape varieties are entirely different from each-other.

This white wine grape variety is addressed under a number of synonyms such as Arafiat, Ambre, Arrefiat, Arufiat, Raffiac, Rouffiac Femelle, Ruffiac Blanc, Rufiat, Arrefiac and many others.

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Origin

This famous white wine grape variety is said to have originated in the region of Gascony, in the south-west region of France.

In fact, the production of this white wine grape variety is still carried out in Gascony. In the ancient history, this white wine grape variety is considered to be a chief grape variety and it has also been used in a number of blends during the ancient times, especially in the Saint Mont appellation.

Characteristics

In the regional and the classic blends, this white wine grape variety is considered to be a very dominant grape variety that has been used in a number of wines.

The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are mostly the blending wines. These wines help to add some pretty distinctive notes to the resulting final blends and thereby help to enhance the taste of these wines to a certain extent.

The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are considered as highly aromatic in nature and they have been virtually described as gunflint, which may or may not be useful.

These wines are considered as the medium-bodied wines that come with a hint of sweetness in them. The levels of acidity found in the wines are decent.

This white wine grape variety is said to produce a spectrum of wines that are both sweet as well as dry.

Some of these wines are sweet as to their content while others are considered as dry. These wines are best served when chilled.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are best paired with different food items such as Proscuitto-wrapped melon, pear and Roquefort tart as well as key lime pie. These wines also taste well with smoked veggies.

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Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

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