Mauzac B

@ Gilles Cattiau / INRA

Even if Mauzac does not seem to be related to any of the grape varieties families indigenous to the southwest, everything leads us to believe that it draws its origins from the Tarn valley.

According to the ampelographer Riol (1913), the term Mauzac appears in 1525 in Antiquamareta’s Livre de Raisin (grape book), then change to Mauza, Mauzac, Moysac, Moissac…

Mauzac vines have flat white cottony buds with a pinkish border and young yellowish fluffy leaves. and whole three-lobed, heart-shaped adult leaves. It petiolar sinus has overlapping edges. Its bunches are median in size with round grapes.

These grapes can develop a high concentration of sugar and are used to make dry wines, sweet wines and sparkling wines, mainly in Gaillac. The characteristic aromas of the Mauzac grape variety are reminiscent of fresh apples and pears in its dry wines, to which are added notes of quince and honey in its sweet wines.

Production area: 670 ha (1,656 acres)

@ Gilles Cattiau / INRA