Abouriou is a black-skinned red wine grape grown mainly in South West France. It is primarily found as a blending component of red wines of the Côtes du Marmandais, a sub-region of Sud Ouest (or South West France) just east of Bordeaux.


Abouriou is a highly vigorous vine, capable of yielding large quantities of fruit each season. This key factor, combined with the grape’s naturally low acidity, rough tannins and high alcohol, make it an important constituent of blends in Southwest France. The vine’s vigor and low acid make it unsuitable for use in varietal wines, as the wines would lack freshness and concentration. However, they can provide added body, tannic structure and fruit to many blended wines from the region. From an economic standpoint, the vines’ yield and disease resistance are also particularly attractive to winegrowers.


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  • I had roast pork last night and I opened a bottle of Elian da Ros 'Le Vin ... du M,armandais. This is 40% abouriou,a rare and obscure grape that originated in this part of France. It is full-bodied but dry with a slightly sweet and spicy cherry style fruit.I liked it and gave it four and a half snooth glasses with my revi Read More

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  • Elian du Ros le Vin Est Un Fete Cotes du Marmandais 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Primrose Hill ... bottle consists of 40% abouriou,an unusual and obscure grape that originated in this area,40% cabernet franc and 20% merlot.and was aged in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.My first impresion was that this is a dry wine but there is som... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Gnarly Head Authentic Black 2013


    This a real mouthful of nice wine. Cherry, vanilla, chocolate, Blackberry and plum with mild tannins and a lasting finish that lasts till the morning light. This is a helluva buy at under $10. Would work with any red meat, stew or heavy barbequed steak, Go get some NOW winer's. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis

  • Old World Winery Abourious Russian River Valley Sherry Martinelli Vineyard 2012


    Big hit of fruit aromas on the nose. Sure enough, an intense hit of cherries on the tip of the tongue. However, strong acid keeps it from cough syrup territory. Also, mid-palate hit of earthiness mitigates the fruit. Quite strong tannin along with the acid content makes me think that this one is a strong candidate for cellar time. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Today I received the e-mail solicitation from Under the Wire.  I was in ... in ...  "Oh, the Abouriou.  You want to try some of that?"Off he went finding a bottle of that to open up.  He was surprised that the bottle that he opened (2012) was quite approachable.  He thought it would take a few years of bottle age to develop.He mentioned Alica... Read More

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  • Old World Winery Abourious Russian River Valley Sonoma California Abouriou Red 2011


    Really interesting Russian River red made from the fairly rare Abouriou grape. Ripe plum, mushroom and dried cranberry on the nose. There's medium smooth tannin and medium acidity on the palate. The flavor profile is ripe dark plum, a touch of grape stems, tobacco, a hint of smoke, macerated black cherry and a touch of menthol. Really enjoyable ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • We're doing a long weekend in Russian River and Napa this ... a very nice red made from Abouriou, a very rare grape with only one 4 acre plot known to exist outside of random field vines.  There's some good info on his website. The wine tastes like a cross of a big RRV pinot and a lighter zin - really interesting. Second stop was at Russian Hil... Read More

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  • Clos Fantine Faugeres 2004


    Very floral! Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Wines That Rock Synchronicity 2007


    WOW!! I am really impressed. Read More

    Wine review by Mosca

  • Fay d'Homme la Part du Colibri Abouriou 2010


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    Wine review by jeffmacintyre

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