Macabeo Macabeo is northern Spain's most planted white grape variety and, as Maccabéo or Maccabeu , has become so popular in Roussillon that it was France's eighth most planted white grape variety by the end of the 1980s. In early-picked form, in Côtes du Roussillon it is either a fairly characterless white, a useful ingredient in rosé, or, as in Spain, a common lightener of potent reds in which it is officially sanctioned up to 10 per cent of the total blend. Later picked, it may be an ingredient in, or even sole constituent of, one of Roussillon's distinctive vins doux naturels (see vin doux...
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