Saturday, 7 February 2009

Garrigue - what is it?

Tasting notes of southern french red wines often include the intriguing descriptor 'garrigue'. So, what is it exactly? Garrigue is the name given to the Mediterranean scrubland which is made up of low growing, bushy plants including holm oak, juniper, broom and wild herbs such as rosemary and thyme. In Provence it also includes lavender although I have never seen this in the wild in the Languedoc. 

Walking amongst the garrigue on a warm day, crushing herbs underfoot, releases a fabulous aroma of warm thyme and rosemary. When used to describe a wine, garrigue refers to these green herby aromas. It can also be used to describe flavours too although I find it more evocative as a descriptor for aroma.

Thanks for the picture Loulou.


  1. My pleasure. I'll remember to use this descriptive term when we're tasting for the Chai in March.

  2. It reminds me of a trail I took around the pic and the description.

  3. This land is a vestige of itself. The grapevines were 200 feet high once, when they were fertilized by wild bird flocks. Thus denotes a lot of shade, and now it is more full sun. The fox was 200 feet up looking at a bunch of grapes that were out of reach;This animal would have met with certain death if it missed and fell.

    Some of these plants, like thyme etc were added as solace.