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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  • Egly Ouriet Vp Grand Cru Brut NV

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    Wine review by cbirdsong


  • As the world’s winemakers look to single vineyard wines to mark them out from the crowd, a trip through southern Spain with the Grandes Pagos de Espana took one-up-manship to a different level. Grab your passport and join me on this whistle stop tour.The Grandes Pagos de Espana are an association of top Spanish single wine estates, “equivalent t... Read More

    From the article Spanish Wines Get Specific


  • EM - You need to come over to the Willamette Valley side of Pinot life.  We had the grand kids all day - and I mean all day (over 9 hours) - so coming home an hour ago meant it was time to relax after the learning center, the park, McDonalds, etc.  This 2011 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve hits all the high marks of a fine Pinot Noir.  Highly re... Read More

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  • Le Grand Noir Pinot Noir 2015

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    Improves with a little air. Very little on the nose. Garnet in color, sour cherry in the mouth with good acidity and a mild drying sensation on the tongue. Very Simple. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • EM - Yes, lots of older riders have their bikes shipped out to some place near Sturgis, but when I do that event, I will ride there.  It will just have to be a two or three week vacation, that's all.  One reason we are driving to Wyoming this year is to see the 'fly-over' portion of the country that we haven't seen.  We have driven quite a bit o... Read More

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  • "with regard to Pinot Noir, I still prefer the ones from Oregon"You need to drink a lot more Burgundy, and of the others I mentioned, too.  ;-)   Oregon's getting there but still on the road, not yet fully arrived IMHO, even if I enjoy many of theirs. Was writing on these boards about Soter and Drouhin, for example, last decade. I certainly comm... Read More

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  • Aussie Pinot NoirBest RegionsAdelaide Hills - South AustraliaMornington Peninsula - SE of Melbourne VicYarra Valley - NE of Melbourne VictoriaGeelong - SW of Melbourne VictoriaTasmaniaSome abberations from Macedon Ranges North of Melbourne, Beechworth NNE of Melbourne and Gippsland East of Melbourne My Favourite MakersAdelaide HillsAshton Hills ... Read More

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  • Aussie Pinot NoirBest RegionsAdelaide Hills - South AustraliaMornington Peninsula - SE of Melbourne VicYarra Valley - NE of Melbourne VictoriaGeelong - SW of Melbourne VictoriaTasmaniaSome abberations from Macedon Ranges North of Melbourne, Beechworth NNE of Melbourne and Gippsland East of Melbourne My Favourite MakersAdelaide HillsAshton Hills ... Read More

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  • Getting back to wine for a moment, last night we hosted a wine dinner with our neighbors Debbie and Rick.  They brought over two bottles, a Napa Merlot (2014 Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards) and an Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (2015 Twomey Pinot Noir).  We started with that Trump Blanc de Blanc that was given to us last month (I didn't like it muc... Read More

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  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the United States was made from grapes grown in California. Clearly, the world wine stage has welcomed California bottles with opened arms. Wine lovers from around the world clamor for access to California wines. They journey to the state’s many celebrated regions with g... Read More

    From the article Wine in America, Beyond California


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