Chambourcin

Little is known about the exact parentage of Chambourcin. It was a hybrid developed by Joannes Seibel in the Loire Valley of France, based on a number of undetermined Native American species and Seibel hybrids. Released in the early 1960s, plantings increased steadily in the cool coastal Nantes region of the western Loire Valley in France.

Although no longer a recommended varietal under French wine law, it is still widely grown in the Nantes, a region dominated by pale white wines. Today there are over 9,000 acres planted in the Loire, made into both rosés; and red table wine. It is not surprising that this high-yielding, cold hardy cultivar has made its way across the pond to the cooler-climate areas of North America. It has been planted in America since the 1970s, where it is found mostly in the northeast and midwest, as well as in Canada. Chambourcin also maintains a presence in Australia, notably in the humid conditions of the Hunter Valley. It is extremely vigorous and disease-resistant.

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  • Mark, glad you found a winner in the back of the cellar competition, I ... ... post on a 2003 Illinois zin-chambourcin that I used as a drain cleaner).RBA, like VA, we NC'ers also have plenty of misses (in NC there's more misses than hits) when it comes to local wineries, although both states have come a really long way wrt wine quality in jus... Read More

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  • JD, you mean besides me obviously.Just ordered these from two different wine ... ... wine made from Zin and Chambourcin. This was one of the gifts I was given for helping a neighbor clear out her recently departed husband's wine stash. I didn't need to but I did take a sip, the rest went down the drain. I imagine that even in its prime this w... Read More

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  • DM, can't imagine what all you're experiencing over there but sounds ... ... dessert wine made from Chambourcin. Just a touch of stewed prunes and cooked blueberries on the nose. On the palate is ripe black plum, blueberry cobbler, prune, a touch of musk or earth, little to no tannin, medium finish and less than medium acidity.  This has been... Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Veritas Red Star NV

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    Alcoholic fruit punch. Zero complexity, no thought required. Truly international style wine for the masses -- but I don't go to small craft wineries for this. You can get it at the supermarket for a lower price. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Veritas Claret 2013

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    Not sure how they get away with calling it a Bordeaux-style blend when there's ... there's a hefty portion of Chambourcin in the mix... Very young, very oaky -- lots of berries and chocolate, but still lacks powe Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Made a quick jaunt out to Bucks County wine country here on the east side of ... ... to take one home, a 2013 Chambourcin Reserve. Vintage declared, Pennsylvanian grapes, and an interesting variety I've never tried.&nbs Read More

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  • I was wondering what sort of new topic I could start that would pair nicely ... 2013 La Belle Vie Rose (91% Chambourcin, 9% Chardonnay in Stainless Steel), 2012 Abbinato (50% Sangiovese, 50% Touriga Nacional in Neutral & French Oak), 2012 Coyote Cave Red (65% red blends of Cabernet Franc & Chambourcin, 20% Tannat, 15% Norton in French Oak), 20... Read More

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  • Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery Chambourcin 2005

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    I bought this wine up in Carlisle PA back before Christmas. Most of the PA wines I've tasted have come over too sweet, so I had high hopes of this one being different. Unfortunately, it was *very* different, and not in a way I liked. I prefer my wines dry, but salty? Salty is not a flavour I'm expecting in wine, and last I checked this wasn't... Read More

    Wine review by angldst


  • Sunset Meadow Vineyards Twisted Red NV

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    A favorite. Berry with sweet beginnings and soft tannins . Great with pizza and pasta . Do not be afraid to let it age . A delightful wine. Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co


  • Frontenac Point in NYS makes a palet pleasing Chambourcin dry, red varietal as well as a rose from free-run juice of Chambourcin.

    Comment by 631130Jeanst 631130 Jeanst


  • Stonehurst '98 Chambourcin... For those who believe Chambourcin doesn't age, I just opened a '98 bottle of Stonehurst from the Hunter, Australia, and it was damn magnificient. The structure is still firm enough to last another few years in the cellar, the nose has shifted to a space inseparable from Hunter shiraz, and the dark berry fruit is st...

    Comment by 525911Dark Waters 525911 Dark Waters


  • Try Narmada winerires Middnight wine

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