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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  • 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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    No written review

    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

    Forum post in the topic The Face to Face Club - a...


  • 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


  • Thanksgiving Dinner NV

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    As the Thanksgiving Day grocery store madness grows closer, who has time to worry about choosing wines for your Thanksgiving feast?! There is a plethora of different flavors and tastes on your Thanksgiving table and you want wines that will make everyone happy. Including your Wine Expert Uncle Pierre as well as teetotaler Gramma Betsy! There is ... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • This Topic is partially intended to start a new thread on daily wine drinking as the earlier topics are just too long and too general.  How about telling us more about your choices and helping me start a new thread for the next generation, so to speak?  The "why" is the interesting part for some of us - but pictures are always welcome; after all... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • Chambolle Musigny Domaine Taupenot-Merme 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £25 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/134612.Chambolle Musigny is an appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans,for red wines made from pinot noir from the commune of that name.This is located south of Morey-Saint-Denis and north of Vosne-Roman... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I spent my first afternoon in Pfalz strolling through the quaint village of Deidesheim. It is classic Germany – story book houses, window boxes overflowing with colorful flowers, and a welcoming fountain surrounded by cafes in the town square. As this was my first visit to a German wine region, I assumed I would be enjoying a bounty of Riesling ... Read More

    From the article The Must-Visit Wine Region Full of Surprises


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