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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  • 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


  • Daveste Vineyards Chambourcin 2010

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    Nice, light red from NC. Sweet cherry, green plum, mild tannins and a somewhat short finish. Slight acidity adds a bit of balance. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Thistle Gate Vineyard St. George Red 2010

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    Very inky color. Rich, dark nose with notes of chocolate and cherry. Very ... ... flavor, as is common with Chambourcin. Velvety mouthfeel. Finish is extremely unbalanced -- very acidic with little tanni Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Narmada Winery Reflection 2010

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    Smoky nose with notes of blackcurrant and bacon fat. Ripe, yet light body with soft tannins. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Jerram Winery Nor Easter Rouge NV

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    Very interesting wine. Fruity and sweet with little tannins. A red wine for people who do not like harsh wines. Goes well alone or with cheeses and chocolate Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co


  • Breaux Vineyards Rose 2011

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    Found the uber-fruity nose of fresh strawberries a bit overwhelming, but the exceptionally dry finish was a pleasant surprise. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Rockgarden Cellars Vin Doux NV

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    As someone who has never liked sweet wine, this port-style offering was a ... ... smoky, cocoa flavors of the Chambourcin grape balance out the brandy sweetness perfectly. If I had to drink one wine for the rest of my life, this would be a strong contende Read More

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  • Debonne Vineyards Chambourcin 1998

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  • 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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