Aramon

If we wrote this review in the time period after World War II, Aramon would have been among the first grapes we talked about in terms of French wine.  In fact, at that time Aramon was the grape which was planted the most throughout France.

Of course, things have changed.  To start, Aramon has always been most closely associated with the Languedoc, which is gaining criticaly acceptance these days, but is hardly as well known or respected as Burgundy, Bordeaux or Champagne.

Secondly, plantings of Aramon are decreasing at an alarming rate.  Part of the decease in plantings has been caused by the fact that Aramon ripens late and therefore requires a very warm growing region and also crafts a wine which is more new world than old.  The current French focus on their old world status in an effort to justify the sky high prices charged by first growth estates in Bordeaux doesn't leave room in the local industry for grapes such as Aramon.

Lastly, it makes sense to mention that genetic testing of Aramon has been so far unable to identify which vines are the parents of this grape.  Given the abundance of plantings and growing patterns, it stands to reason that Aramon might actually be native to the Languedoc.