Colombard will never be in the first division of wine grapes. Instead it is a stalwart of the supermarket bargain bracket, being relatively easy to grow. As it does not have much character, its main purpose is for blending in with wines with more character and popularity with consumers, such as Chardonnay.
In France, however, in the Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne, producers – notably the Grassa family at Tariquet – have recently had success in creating fresh young wines in the style of Sauvignon Blanc.
Colombard is also used in the making of Cognac and Armagnac, where the producers want fairly neutral grapes for the base wine.
Colour: white; pale to medium gold
Body: light to medium bodied
Tastes: subtle citrus notes
Often blended with: Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc
Keep or drink? Drink
Price range: £3.99-£5.99