Colombard

Name of varietal: Colombard

Common synonyms: French Colombard (California), Colombar, Colombie, Colombier, Blanquette, Bardero,

Parentage of the grape: Gouais Blanc, Chenin Blanc

History of the grape: Colombard is believed to be a crossing of Gouais Blanc and Chenin Blanc, although horticultural DNA tests have not been confirmed. It is believed to originate in the Charente region of France, where it was used as a primary base for Cognac and Armagnac brandy. However, Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano) has taken over as the main varietal and ingredient. It is still used as a blending grape in dry whites in other parts of France, with some varietal releases in the southwest. In California, during the mid to late 20th century it was widely planted due to its ability to retain acidity in hot conditions, high yields and aromatic character, though mostly for use in jug wines. It was replaced by Chardonnay in most vineyards and is still mostly used in a blending capacity. However, some producers have turned out Read more »

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  • In 2012 it looked like this:1. Chardonnay (93,153 acres)2. Cabernet Sauvignon ... Noir (38,049 acres)6. French Colombard (21,020 acres)7. Syrah (18,620 acres)8. Sauvignon Blanc (14,911 acres)9. Pinot Gris (12,473 acres)10. Rubired (10,903 acres)11. Petite Sirah (7,957 acres)12. Barbera (6,286 acres)13. Chenin Blanc (5,936 acres)14. Grenache (5... Read More

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  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... include ... include Chenin blanc, French Colombard, Gewürztraminer, Marsanne, Muscat Canelli, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Riesling, Roussane, Sémillon, Trousseau gris, and Viognier.[8]Up until the late 1980s, the Californian wine industry was dominated by the Bordeaux varietals and ... Read More

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  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

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  • Banrock Station White Blend Colombard Chardonnay 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by SagitariusFox


  • Korbel Brut NV

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    Great for mimosas Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • This is terrific info, guys.  Thank you, very much.A few years ago I ... ... posted a thread asking about Colombard in California.  Snooth used to e-mail to me a "Wine Tip of the Day," and one arrived stating that Colombard was the 3rd most grown (I really don't know if they were measuring tons or acres) wine grape in California.  My question ... Read More

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  • GrapesTen different varieties of Armagnac grapes are authorised for use in the ... four are most common:Baco 22AColombardFolle blancheUgni blancWikipedia again.  Not even going to try to paraphrase.  Other than the Baco, same top contributors as Cognac.  But don't you always wonder what goes into anything you put in your mouth? I'm so curious ... Read More

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  • Colombard and Ugni Blanc are two of the three grapes that are required to make up 90% of anything called Cognac.  Brandy can be almost anything, including non-grape sources, but what you would think of as Brandy--and SA is a big producer of brandy made from grapes--uses Colombard among other grapes.  If you look at the original post and its phot... Read More

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  • Colombard is commonly used in Armagnac and Cognac. By regulation for it to qualify as a Cru, Cognac needs to be at least 90% from Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Folle Blanche. The wine used in the distilling process is often described as pretty much crap on its own. Doesn't bode well for the bottle in the OP for this thread!Requirements aren't as str... Read More

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  • Colombard crops really heavily.  Of course, it's used more in spirits and sparkling.OK, I keep learning here.  Are they making Brandy from Colombard grapes?  What kinds of grapes are used in France for Brandy? Read More

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