Grand Noir

Grand Noir de la Calmette or Grand Noir is a red grape created in 1855 by French grape breeder Henri Bouschet at his vineyard.  It is a tienturier or red flesh grape named after crossing Petit Bouschet and Aramon noir at the breeding station Domaine de la Calmette vineyard near Montpellier.  Petit Bouschet was created by Henri's father Louis Bouschet crossing Aranon and Teinturier du Cher.

Grand Noir was once widely grown in France in the Cognac and Languedoc regions.  Today it is rarely planted there..  The variety is predominately found in Spanish wine regions of Galacia in northwest Spain and in the southern Portuguese regions of Alentejo.

The Grand Noir de la Calmette grape does exist in California.  There are two small plots at Dommen Ranch vineyard in Windsor, CA in the Russian River Valley AVA planted circa 1930s.  In 2011 Carlisle Winery made 192 cases of a 90% Grand Noir from this vineyard that included 10% Zinfandel Read more »

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  • Nuits-Saint-Georges Laboure-Roi 1990

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £28 from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk.Nuits-Saint-Georges is an appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans,for both red and white wines,made of pinot noir and chardonnay respectively[though most are red] from the two communes of Nuits Saint Georges and Pren... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Monthélie 1995

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £17 from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website.Monthelie is an appellation created in 1937.although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for both red and white wines,made of pinot noir and chardonnay respectively,from the small commune of that name on the Cotes de Beaune in Burgundy.The commune has no grand c... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Mazilly Pere et Fils Vieilles Vignes Gevrey Chambertin 2004

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk for £25.Gevrey-Chambertin is an appellation created in 1936,although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans,for red wines made of the pinot noir grape from the commune of that name and the neighbouring commune of Brochon on the Cotes de Nuits in Burgundy. There ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Corton Grand Cru Domaine Dominique Guyon 1996

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £20 from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk Corton Grand Cru is an appellation created in 1937 for both red and white wines from a 95 hectare vineyard on the Corton hill on the Cotes de Beaune in Burgundy. I started the bottle last night with my steak supper.There is some slightly tart menthol and cherry style fru... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Monthelie Leglise et Fils 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk for £6.50. Monthelie is an appellation created in 1937,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for both red and white wines,made of pinot noir and chardonnay respectively,from the commune of that name on the Cotes de Beaune in Burgundy. This commune is fairly small... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Latricieres-Chambertin Thorin 1982

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk for £30. Gevrey-Chambertin is an appellation created in 1936,although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans,for red wines made of the pinot noir grape from the commune of the same name and the neighbouring commune of Brochon on the Cotes de Nuits in Burgundy. ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Grand Cru Bouzy Rouge Coteaux Champenois Paul Clouet 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • I have been thinking for a while on the idea of facilitating the meeting up in person of those loyally frequenting this site.My preference is to make these meetings open to all members, and even varying the location of any meeting according to convenience since we live all over the world (though mostly in North America).In any case, this new thr... Read More

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  • Santenay Premier Cru Vaucher Pere et Fils 1986

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk for £27.Santenay is an appellation created in 1970,although viticulture here goes back centuries,for red and white wines [though most are red] made of pinot noir and chardonnay respectively in the communes of Santenay and Remigny at the southern end of the Cotes de Beaune i... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • A commune in the Cote d’Or, ten kilometers from Beaune, lies Puligny-Montrachet. The mere whisper of the name causes oenophiles to perk up. Why? This sleepy 400-inhabitant village is synonymous with the greatest white wines of the world.A storied appellation, Puligny-Montrachet was created in 1879, when Puligny received permission from the Frenc... Read More

    From the article The Greatest White Wines In The World


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