WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - Low,
Tannin - High,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Red berries, Raspberry, Strawberry, Floral

Grolleau is a lesser-known grape variety primarily cultivated in the Loire Valley of France. It is valued for its high productivity and ability to produce a range of wine styles, from light and fruity to more structured and tannic expressions.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Grolleau wines often exhibit fresh and vibrant aromas of red berries such as raspberries and strawberries, with floral hints of violet and rose petal.

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: Grolleau grown in cooler climates tends to retain higher acidity levels, enhancing the freshness of its fruit flavors and floral aromatics.

Warm Climate: In warmer regions, Grolleau can achieve greater ripeness, resulting in wines with riper fruit profiles and softer tannins. However, careful vineyard management is essential to balance acidity and alcohol levels.

Appellations / Producers of Note

Loire Valley, France: Grolleau is predominantly found in the Anjou and Touraine sub-regions of the Loire Valley, where it is used in the production of rosé wines, notably in the appellations of Anjou and Rosé d’Anjou.

Producers: Notable producers include Domaine de la Bergerie, Château de la Roulerie, and Domaine de la Garrelière, known for their quality Grolleau wines.


Grolleau wines are generally best enjoyed in their youth to appreciate their fresh fruit flavors and lively acidity.

First Published: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 Last updated: Jun 10, 2024

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