February 20 2018
To start with, Colombard takes its origin from the dialect Saintongeais and is close to the words dove or pigeon probably because of the color of the berries. It is also assumed that there is a relationship between the date of maturity and the first migrations of the hawk.
From a genetic point of view, Colombard comes from a cross between Gouais Blanc and Chenin Blanc, two grape varieties from the Center and West of France.
Traditionally used for distillation, its character with good performance was very appreciated. Today, however, the management of the vine has changed and some winemakers are seeking to exploit the aromatic potential of this grape variety.
Colombard is recognizable by its young, cottony twigs, its young yellow leaves with tanned beaches. Its clusters are of medium size, cylindrical and shouldered. As for the berries, they are of short elliptical shapes of medium size.
Colombard is a fertile variety, very vigorous and productive and can be pruned long or short depending on performance objectives. The size is particularly difficult on this variety because it produces hardwoods but it is necessary for still wines to limit yield and get richer grapes.
Colombard is very popular for its notes of lime, peach and nectarine with sometimes a touch of grapefruit. It allows to elaborate pleasant wines and endowed with a good acid structure. It is part of the grape variety at Domaine de l'Estagnère, recent acquisition of Gerard Bertrand.