The first range of PGI wines from resistant varieties is released

Friday March 20 2020 by Vitisphere

“When I started planting disease-resistant grape varieties in 2009, many viewed it as the crazy act of a madman”, recalls Mickaël Raynal.“When I started planting disease-resistant grape varieties in 2009, many viewed it as the crazy act of a madman”, recalls Mickaël Raynal. - Photo credit : DR

The first French winegrower to market a PGI wine made from resistant grape varieties last year, Mickaël Raynal is innovating once again by announcing the launch this spring of “the first PGI range made from resistant grape varieties in four colours” (sweet white, dry white, rosé and red). Named Esprit and Grain Rebel and labelled PGI Comté Tolosan, the latest releases have moved from single varietals to blends including 85% of varieties resistant to fungal diseases (downy and powdery mildew) and 15% of classic varieties (except for the sweet white which is made from 100% resistant grapes).

As with conventional wines, “blending adds complexity to the product profile, especially for young disease-resistant vines (up to 10 years old)”, explains Mickaël Raynal (Domaine de Revel, 14 hectares planted to 30 different grape varieties). Due to his vineyard being hit by frost in 2019, production is limited: 1,000 bottles of red Grain'Rebel (85% Cabernet Cortis and 15% Marselan), 1,000 bottles of dry white Grain'Rebel (85% Souvignier Gris and 15% Sauvignon Gris), 8,000 bottles of dry rosé Esprit'Rebel (85% Souvignier Gris and 15% Caladoc) and 2,000 bottles of sweet white Solaris (100% Solaris).

Accessible grape varieties

Due to be released at the beginning of April in wine merchants’, the wines have a recommended retail price tag of 6.95 euros for the dry white and red.

 

 

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