Counoise

Common synonyms: Aubon, Caula, Conese, Connoges, Connoise, Counese, Couneso, Counoiso, Counoueiso, Damas noir, Grosse Rogettaz, Guenoise, Moustardier, Quennoise

Parentage of the grape: Unknown

History of the grape: Counoise is primarily known as one of the 13 varieties allowed in Chateaneuf du Pape. It adds to the aromatics of the final wine. While some are content to let this low-yielding grape disappear, it does have some high-profile fans. Most notably, the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel adds 5% Counoise to its wines. Varietal bottlings are also increasing, and some in California, such as Randal Grahm and Jed Steele, have had success with it.

Characteristics of the grape: dark fruit, spice, pepper, moderate alcohol, good acidity, relatively pale color

Regions where the grape currently is important: the southern Rhone, expecially Chateauneuf du Pape, as well as the Coteaux du Languedoc; California

Type or types of wines the grape produces: Cuonoise may not make up a large percentage Read more »

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  • I had a couple Cavallotto Barolos that certainly smelled, umm, poopy upon ... ... ... a bit of grenache and counoise.  Tannic as hell when we opened it, mellowed a bit over time.Dave, I've had few bottles of Cahors (including another one that smelled poopy, as the vender told me it would) and it didn't float my boat.&nbs Read More

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  • Once again, there are low-tannin grapes and low-tannin wines and they're ... than inspiring.Cinsault and Counoise are both relatively lower in tannin than some of the other reds and they're grown in CA and WA so you may be able to get some, but usually they're in blends..&nbs Read More

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  • I have just read the most illuminating post I have ever read, "which red wines are most tannic", wow guys great details and some useful info.  But I'm most interested in the least tannic red wines.Reason?I have gout and tannins play havoc on gout and while I still want to try and enjoy Red Wine, esp good red wine I can longer drink medium or hig... Read More

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  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape les Vignobles Elie Jeune 1993

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... syrah,2% mourverde and 2% counoise and is aged in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of pork chops and I did enjoy it.There was plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and cherry style fruit there and the tannins were fairly soft as one would expect for a wine over 20 years ... Read More

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  • Chateau Ribiere Cotes de Provence 2013

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on offer at £6 just before Christmas. The Cotes de Provence is a large AOC created in 1977,although wine production in the area goes back to before the Romans,covering 85 communes in Eastern Provence.There are many and varied terroirs ranging from the coast up to the foothills of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ...eCounoiseDornfelderTouriga Francesca  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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  • New world wine make it so easy. It's all written right on the label. Winery ... ... grape varieties:CinsaultCounoiseGrenache noirMourvedreMuscardinPicpoul noirSyrahTennet noirVaccareseI suppose that is good information for the consumer, but there are no rules on how to blend these together.  A bottle of CdP may be a combination of Mourvedre (4... Read More

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  • Hi all,Just want to introduce myself. I have recently started taking an interest in wine and have come to the point where I want to start learning more about it. At this point I can identify which lines I like, and which I don’t, but I really hope to be able to take it a step further and understand what makes it so that I like certain wines and ... Read More

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  • Jimmy - As Emark says, the wine is from the Languedoc-Rousillon region, but ... ... with Cinsault, Syrah, Counoise and Mourvedre also fairly common, as well as Merlot and a few other varieties. Producers aren’t as restricted as they are in other regions so you can get all kinds of blends, including stuff like the Gassac. I believe the Bayard ... Read More

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