Grand Noir

Grand Noir de la Calmette or Grand Noir is a red grape created in 1855 by French grape breeder Henri Bouschet at his vineyard.  It is a tienturier or red flesh grape named after crossing Petit Bouschet and Aramon noir at the breeding station Domaine de la Calmette vineyard near Montpellier.  Petit Bouschet was created by Henri's father Louis Bouschet crossing Aranon and Teinturier du Cher.

Grand Noir was once widely grown in France in the Cognac and Languedoc regions.  Today it is rarely planted there..  The variety is predominately found in Spanish wine regions of Galacia in northwest Spain and in the southern Portuguese regions of Alentejo.

The Grand Noir de la Calmette grape does exist in California.  There are two small plots at Dommen Ranch vineyard in Windsor, CA in the Russian River Valley AVA planted circa 1930s.  In 2011 Carlisle Winery made 192 cases of a 90% Grand Noir from this vineyard that included 10% Zinfandel Read more »

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  • Despite my somewhat feeble attempts trying to find US wine in Australia is frustratingSo I think I would like to build a list of high Quality but not astronomic priced wines my American Snooth Colleagues would suggest I look out forBare in mind that if it is from a very small niche producer I would need to know how I can source it in AustraliaSo... Read More

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  • Harmand Geoffroy Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 2014

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  • Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru. Domaine Geantet-Pansiot 2015

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  • Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2010

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  • Domaine Vincent Bouzerau Corton Clos des Fiètres Grand Cru 2002

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    tasted again. similar to last time, sweet, savoury, some herbs, spices, earthy... Read More

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  • The debate around ideal time to drink wine is interesting and the views are certainly very diverse.I would make the following observationsIf you have multiple bottles don't leave too long to try one - if they are past it you can't bring them back~90 % of wines made today are made to be consumed immediately post purchaseof the rest probably less ... Read More

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  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

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  • To Stephen: I've always wondered what the REAL cost of producing a bottle of wine is in this area (granted that there surely is a range). I have 34 vines in my back yard (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese). I once calculated that, even at the outrageous per-bottle cost I incur (because I make only about 60 bottles a year), I cou... Read More

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  • Amour & EM - Those chardonnay wines look and surely taste nice.Today would have been a good one for chardonnay or perhaps sauvignon blanc, but I elected for red wine, even with oysters....but let me explain.We started this Thursday morning at The Kennedy Center for a 1000 NSO rehearsal - which is free to subscribers - but it entails riding the M... Read More

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