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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  • How many female winemakers and vineyard owners do you know? A few months ago, Christy Canterbury introduced some ladies of the Langhe. Female winemakers in Piedmont have changed the conservative winemaking landscape to one that is inclusive of women. France is no different. This piece examines five scintillating wines from a group called the Fem... Read More

    From the article A Question of Women in Wine


  • Bedrock Wine Company the Bedrock Heritage 2013

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    Murky marroon color in the glass. Nose of blackberry and plummake that prune. Fairly jammy on the tip of the tongue. This declines closer to neutral on subsequent tastesmay be a result of air, or maybe not. Serious tannin also neutralizes fruit. Some stoniness in the back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • This has been a nice day, starting off with us sleeping in until about 0900.  The cats tried to wake us up but to no avail.  Julie-Anne (our biggest cat) even bit me on the chin a few times - love bites - and I didn't get up.  We took it easy this morning, watering the lawn and checking stuff on the computer.  We watched the grand kids (Arthor i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • There’ll be enough Pinot Noir at the 13th annual Pinot Noir Summit to have you looking sideways. The event, hosted by Affairs of the Vine (AOV), will happen July 24-25 at the Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa in Reno. The Summit will be the capstone to the AOV’s tasting competition, called the Annual Pinot Noir Shootout”. “The 13th annual Pinot Noir ... Read More

    From the article Pinot Showdown: Summit to Take Place in July


  • EM - You will be even happier to hear that not only could we purchase wine on shore, but they in fact opened the bottles for you and poured the wine with no corkage fee at all.  We didn't even need to tip them or offer anyone a taste.  That's my kind of boat ride.  The room was in fact a cabin, so I edited the web page to correct that.  I suppos... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Domaine Grand Nicolet Rasteau Vieilles Vignes 2010

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    If you like the Southern Rhone, this wine from the denominated commune (village) of Rasteau is a delight. It bears a perfume of sweet raspberry and cherry, and the entry is a pleasure... there is that grainy, chocolate raspberry coffee flavour throughout - almost overpowering - but not too, too unsubtle. Finish is long and satisfying with tanni... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Ah, another weekend has arrived.  We are having beautiful weather out here in Northern Virginia lately and today is no exception.  It's in the high seventies / low eighties with minimal humidity, so you can be sure everyone is out and about.  We decided to head up to Reston VA and do a wine tasting at The Wine Cabinet.  We do like this wine shop... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • 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


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