Folle Blanche

Folle blanche was the traditional grape variety of the Cognac and Armagnac regions of France. It is also known as Picpoule (with various variations of spelling (Piquepoul, Picpoul), although it is in fact unrelated to the Picpoul of the Languedoc) as well as Gros Plant and Enrageat blanc. Folle blanche is an offspring of Gouais blanc, with the other parent so far unidentified. 
It has been mostly replaced by its hybrid offspring Baco blanc due to phylloxera damage. Baco blanc (also known as Baco 22 A) is a cross of Folle blanche and the Vitis riparia × Vitis labrusca hybrid Noah. Folle blanche is also the parent of the very hardy and disease-resistant Baco 1 (or Baco noir), a cross of Folle blanche and a Vitis riparia variety. Baco noir and Baco 22 A, like Folle blanche and their other parents, produce a very acid wine. This makes them more suited to distillation than less acidic grapes.
Folle blanche is used in the Loire Valley area around Nantes to produce Gros Plant du Pays Nantais, Read more »

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  • GrapesTen different varieties of Armagnac grapes are authorised for use in the ... 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 I might c... Read More

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  • Colombard is commonly used in Armagnac and Cognac. By regulation for it to ... ... 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 strict for Armagnac, with 10 grapes allowed, tho... 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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  • “Armagnac, not the best known, but known by the best,” is a saying ... ... Armagnac, the juice of Folle Blanche, Baco or Ugni Blanc grapes are boiled in copper stills designed to allow the alcoholic vapors to pass through the incoming wine for an extra dose of fruit flavors.  The steam is then reconverted into liquid.  As opposed to Cognac, w... Read More

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  • Oh dear, more good French wines well under $20, even after import across the ... is made from Gros Plant (aka Folle Blanche) grown on gabbro soils near Vallet in the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine region. Domaine de la Parentière is a tiny estate which has been practicing organic agriculture for more than 30 years—the grapes are hand-harvested and fe... Read More

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  • Picpoul de Pinet Coteaux du Languedoc Aoc 2010

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    Grate grapefruit and minerality notes on this wine. This is the perfect wine for omelets or any egg dish for breakfast. Read More

    Wine review by wineozach


  • Kefraya Rouge Lebanon 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by njsailorsam


  • Domaine des Cassagnoles Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2008

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    Found this at the Chronicle Wine Cellar in Pasadena. I was trying to find something similar to the white wine I tasted at the Polidor in Paris (on rue Monsieur-le-Prince). It was a basic table wine that I had with a chicken dish but from memory I recall it was probably good to drink alone. This bottle isn't exactly the one I had, but it's the sa... Read More

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  • Domaine des Cassagnoles Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2008

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    Wine review by paultakeda


  • Domaine des Cassagnoles Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2008

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    Light on the tongue. Bright on the taste! Once again, we sold out at our tasting of this wine. We will continue to carry it as it has become a shop favorite! Read More

    Wine review by bubbles magee


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