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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  • Domaine Xavier Durand Corton Grand Cru Rognet 2010

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    A rich mahogany smell, like picking up an antique violin. Hints of fruit on the nose.Complex and beautiful on the palate. The bit of fruit we encountered on the nose steps forwards and takes center stage, like a ballerina showing off her skill. Its dance is subtle and enchanting, changing as it dances across the tongue first dark fruit, then... Read More

    Wine review by Shoshi Cooper


  • Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Perle de Vigne Grand Reserve

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Everyone loves an excuse to celebrate, and nothing punctuates a celebration better than a Champagne cork firing from its bottle.  In both image and price, Champagne has been often seen as juice for the rich and famous. So how are the rest of us supposed to celebrate?  Herein existed a gap in the market, ready and willing to be filled by the arri... Read More

    From the article The Great Prosecco Surge


  • Mt. Etna is located in northeastern Sicily in the province of Catania. Viticulture on the lower slopes of Mt. Etna dates back millennia. We live, however, in an age where we want to know what you have done for me lately. That’s good news for Etna’s DOC wines. Winemaking on Europe’s most active volcano is hot, both literally and figuratively. Etn... Read More

    From the article The Magic of Mt. Etna


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Very special day today.  Yep, it's my 56th birthday, and it marks about one year into my retirement.  Life is pretty good right now, you know?  I'm doing what I like - feeding rescue cats, drinking lots of interesting wines, and riding motorcycles.  I have a wonderful wife, good kids and grand kids too.  Yes, it was a day to select a special win... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • No mystery I love Syrah and got turned onto it some years ago by a N. Rhone that I had at a restaurant in Sonoma.  But here it goes again, latest estimates for the auction price at HartDavisHart:1983 Côte Rôtie, Côte Brune, Cuvée Reservée, Marius Gentaz-Dervieux (12 bs) $15000-22000Now I grant you that's not exactly DRC or Latour level pricing ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Did I mention that Northern...


  • Too many good wines and too little time? Let’s resolve to drink more great wine in 2015! Here’s my wish list of wines I adore yet don’t drink often enough.   Chablis: I love the licking-an-oyster-shell-flavor and sensation of Chablis. There’s an extreme purity to these Chardonnays – most of the time – and the best-ofs (Grand Crus) are by far Bur... Read More

    From the article New Year's Resolutions: Wines We Should All Be Sipping in 2015


  • In keeping with the tradition of releasing “Top-10” stories at the end of the year, popular magazine Forbes has released online its list of the 10 best wines of the year.  Wine/food/travel critic Katie Kelly Bell compiled the list for Forbes. Her list was published earlier this month. The list includes four wines from the United States and one w... Read More

    From the article Forbes Lifestyle Announces Top-10 Wines of 2014


  • Pierre Paillard Rose Brut Grand Cru NV

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    This Grand Cru Champagne has an infusion of Bouzy Pinot Noir wine (6%) which makes the colour just a slightly bit orange... but the scent is still full of melba toast with, admittedly, some subtle earth, cherry and mushroom. There is good, energetic, continuous mousse as well.The Bouzy PN infusion seems to underlay the flavour profile with som... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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