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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  • 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

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  • Chambertin Grand Cru Domaine Armand Rousseau Bottle 2005

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Andre Goichot Corton Grand Cru les Perrieres 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Some 2013 White Burgs of late...Bernard Moreau Chassagne Montrachet Grand RuchottesBernard Moreau Chassagne Montrachet ChenevottesDomaine Dublere Meursault CharmesDomaine Dublere Chassagne Montrachet Chenevottes  Plus a random stab at Eyrie's (entry level?) Pinot...2013 Eyrie Pinot Noir Willamette  Read More

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  • Domaine Gachot-Monot Nuits St. Georges les Poulettes Premiere Cru 2007

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    This bottle was bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/90903 for £12.50. I bought it because I had a Cotes de Nuits Village wine from the same producer a few years ago and thought it just exquisite. Nuits St Georges is an AOC created in 1936 for red and white wines [ though nearly all are red ] made of pinot noir and chardonna... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • We've tried several Malbec bottles in the $10-$20 price range and in general they are quite good.  I tend to favor the ones from Chile because of our visit to that country in 2014.  Spanish wines are also very tasty and a better value in restaurants than some of the French wines.Speaking of French wine, after my two-hour massage yesterday (Sandr... Read More

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  • After watching the grand kids and a bit of snow coming down last night, we relaxed with a 2011 Roots Pinot Noir that we had bought during a tasting event at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Crystal City, VA back a year or two ago.  Very nice wine, but not the equal of a Goldeneye from Duckhorn.  I also got my car serviced earlier in the morning at the... Read More

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  • Situated as far north as Pinot Noir is cultivated in Bourgogne, Irancy is a little known treasure representing tremendous value. Situated in the Grand Auxerrois region, Irancy lies on the right bank of the Yonne river, a short drive southwest of Chablis. Here, red wines are produced exclusively.The same Kimmeridgean marl and brown limestone soil... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Irancy...A rare and elegant...


  • Ah, Pinot Noir night and we missed it.  Oh well.  Funny thing about location - Sandra and I were talking last night while we waited for the show to start at the Synetic Theater in Crystal City (Romeo & Juliet).  If all our relatives and grand kids moved far away to places we would not wish to live, where might we move to avoid further blizzard c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


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