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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What is "garrigue"?
“Garrigue” is a French term for the wild hillside vegetation of the Mediterranean Coast. Instead of describing a single aroma in a wine, “garrigue” refers to a mix of lavender, juniper, thyme, rosemary and sage.
Some similar terms from around the world include the Greek “phrygana,” "fynbos" in South Africa and, in California, “chaparral.” If you’ve ever gone for a hike among low-lying shrubs and noticed the fragrance from your boots kicking the vegetation, you may be familiar with this smell. It’s also similar to herbes de Provence, or a mix of green, minty-herbal and floral aromas.