The Wines of Bergerac – What’s in a grape?

by Martin Walker

A reader of this column recently sent a message to the website for my novels,, to ask if I could offer a simple guide to the different kinds of grape that are used in the Bergerac. So here goes.

Almost all Bordeaux and Bergerac red wines are based on a blend of two grapes, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Sometimes different winemakers will add some Cabernet Franc or some Malbec, which is known locally as côt. This is a very old grape, served at the wedding of Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1152, and it is the basis of the dark red wines of Cahors.

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