Best Carignan Wine

It’s hard to imagine that at one time this red wine grape played such a big role in France’s wine history, yet most wine drinkers have never heard of Carignan. Ampelographers, those who study vine leaves, believe Carignan originated in Carinena, Aragon, a province in Spain and then was later transplanted to Sardinia, Italy. Carignan is also known as Carignane in California, and in other wine regions, Carignan also goes by the name Mazuelo, Carinena and Bovale Grande. Today, this red wine grape is mostly used as a blending wine, known for its rich dark color.

In France, Carignan was the most planted grape variety from the 1960s to 2000.  In fact, in the late 90s there were more than 150,000 acres of Carignan vines planted in France. Why so popular?  Two words: large yields. The Carignan vine is quite productive, and it can produce as much as 200 hectoliters of grapes per hectare, more than four times as much as Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Carignan is also widely planted in Spain: the country with the second highest production in the world, though its numbers are declining there as well, taking a back seat to Tempranillo, Rioja and Cabernet Sauvignon.

My reviews of these Carignan red wines are updated weekly. These Carignan red wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Carignan wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Carignan in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Mas De La Devèze 66 Grenache Syrah Carignan 2007
A.C., Côtes Du Roussillon-Villages, Midi, France
A warm, full-bodied red with black raspberries and cherries and lots of savoury pepper and spices. Supple and rich with a long finish. This wine is a blend of mainly Grenache with 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2018  Price: $17.95 Score: 90/100

This Grenache Syrah Carignan was reviewed July 24, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

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Le Cirque Maison Johanes Boubee Carignan Mourvèdre Syrah 2011
Vin De Pays Des Côtes Catalanes, Midi, France
Full-bodied, smooth and savoury with juicy, fleshy black fruit. Aromas of black plum and cassis... hard to believe this has no oak. Great with hearty meat dishes. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Best Beef Wine  Best Value Red Wine  Price: $15.95 Score: 89/100

This Carignan Mourvèdre Syrah was reviewed April 13, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

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Domaine De La Casenove La Garrigue Etienne Montès, Prop.-Récolt Carignan Grenache Mourvedre 2006
Vin De Pays Des Côtes Catalanes, Midi, France
Big black plum and dark spice notes. Full-bodied with some tannic grip so decant for 1-2 hours. Mouth-watering and scrumptious. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2011‐2014  Price: $17.95 Score: 89/100

This Carignan Grenache Mourvedre was reviewed April 16, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

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Burgo Viejo Reserva Tempranillo Graciano Carignan 2001
D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain
Dry, robust and savoury! Lovely aromas of maturity: it’s so nice to taste that when we usually only get the strapping young wines on the shelf. Lovely blackberry but also those more mature notes of leather, spice and cigar. Try it! Tempranillo Graciano Carignan food pairings: roast leg of lamb, roast beef. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Favourite Red Wine (Tied)  Price: $19.95 Score: 92/100

This Tempranillo Graciano Carignan was reviewed May 1, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

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Château Mourgues Du Grès Les Galets Rouges, François Collard Syrah Grenache Mourvèdre Carignan 2007
A.C., Costières De Nîmes, France
This wines is a blend of 78% Syrah with the balance being Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Carignan. This wine is warm on the palate and finish from the alcohol level but it’s rich and comforting too. Gobs of flavor and hedonistic happiness. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $14.95 Score: 91/100

This Syrah Grenache Mourvèdre Carignan was reviewed August 29, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Carignan is emerging and growing in southern Chile. That country’s hot, dry region of the Maule Valley is proving to be an exciting success story for both Carignan and the Chilean wine revolution. Chile has been growing Carignan for over 70 years, but until recently was known as a work horse grape, not for fine wine.

Carignan is not the easiest grape to grow. It ripens late in the season that it can only be grown in warmer regions, which is why it’s usually grown in the south of France or Spain.  Carignan is also susceptible to many vine diseases including rot, powdery mildew and grape worms.   

Carignan can also be high in tannins and acidity, which makes it a great blending grape for wines that lack body and color.  Carignan aromas include licorice, chocolate and spice. On the palate, Carignan offers flavors of plums, black fruit, smoke and earthy, spicy notes.  Carignan’s high acidity enables it to pair well with red meats.  Also pair Carignan with meatballs, spicy meats, eggplant lasagna, tomato based dishes and Mediterranean dishes.