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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  • Solena Estate Grand Cuvee Pinot Noir 2013

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    Wine review by eaglebass


  • Vosne-Romanee Jaboulet-Vercherre 1982

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    I bought this bottle of venerable old Burgundy from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/104313 for £22.50.Vosne-Romanee is an appellation created in 1936 [ although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans ] for red wines made of the pinot noir grape from the communes of Vosne-Romanee and its neighbour Flagey-Echezeaux on the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • There’s always a reason to celebrate or something to which you can look forward. It could be the re-release of your favorite Starbucks drink, catching up with an old friend, or even a three day weekend. But when you need something extra special about which to get ecstatic, there is Champagne and caviar. Caviar may be making a comeback, but did i... Read More

    From the article Wine & Caviar To Remind You


  • Still enjoying the new TV tonight while we had Sandra's parents over for dinner.  Watched Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy while eating a chicken casserole and drinking an interesting 2013 Martin Laforet Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Reserve Pinot Noir Gamay blend (80% Pinot / 20% Gamay) from Burgundy.  The Chardonnay shown below will stay in the fridg... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Mongeard Mugneret Echezeaux Grand Cru Burgundy 2008

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Grand Nicolet Cotes-du-Rhone 2011

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    The 2011 Grand Nicolet CdR is a fine, succulent - even slightly sweet Grenache Noir-based wine sourced through Marquis Wines (Vancouver BC) about 2-3 years back. These wines would go well with the younger set; they have gobs of damson plum, dark cherry and eucalyptus on the palate and sugarplum on the nose. Quite typical, though quality is a n... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I'm starting this thread in order to drop a few notes and pics of the wine related portions of our Alsace trip. We're here with two other couples and although we have consumed a fair amount only a small portion of this trip is centered on wine. The first problem we encountered was the lack of rental cars due to the railway workers strike. We hir... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


  • This book looks enticing but was looking for feedback from anyone who may have read it. Thanks Read More

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  • Have started to see the appeal in Champagne and other quality sparkling wine more and more lately. It's a festive drink with high drinkability and pleasure, provided you are drinking within the wine's general drinking window. I can remember my eldery godmother saying on one of our visits that she couldn't drink wine anymore due to her stomach is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bubbles - Champagne and...


  • Had Foxall and family over last night. Heard E-Mark hosted as well, so please post if you're up for it Mark!Kind of an abbreviated visit, but I'm glad they were able to stop by. I made sure to keep the wine flowing, which we maybe finished half of the 5 bottles opened.Pierre Joet Rose NV: This showed real nice and crisp. Seemed just what the doc... Read More

    Forum post in the topic D&R and Mourvedre from Cassis...


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