Name of varietal: Trousseau Gris

Common synonyms: Chauche gris, Gray Riesling, Grey Riesling, Gris de Salces, Terret d'Afrique

Parentage of the grape: This is a mutation of Trousseau Noir.

History of the grape: Trousseau Noir is one of the three principle red grapes of the Jura. The Portuguese Bastardo is the same grape. There, it is part of the blend used for Port. Trousseau Gris is a mutation of this grape. This version of Trousseau never quite found its feet in the Jura, but was readily adopted in California.

In California, it is known as Gray Riesling and was once popular for its aromatic white wines. Its vineyard area declined in the 1980s, though it can still be found in some Zinfandel field blends.

A little is also grown in New Zealand.

Characteristics of the grape: Trousseau Gris can have aromas of flowers and yellow fruit that can sometimes turn tropical.

Regions where the grape currently is important: California

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  • OK, back to wine.Drinking an interesting red wine from the Cotes du Jura made from the trousseau grape (bastardo in Portugal).  This pours out a bit light red in the glass with a subtle earthy aroma mixed with ripe black cherry.  There's a good hit of acid carrying smooth, slightly drying tannins to a fairly long finish. The ripe black cherry fl... Read More

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  • Lately I've been interested in learning more about CA regions other than ... ... bottlings or blends of Trousseau, Nebbiolo, Mission, possibly Cabernet Pfeffer, Pinot Noir, etc. They tend to have a rather earthy quality overall, but they're pretty well-made and always really interesting. I'd drink them all the time if I could.Then there's a p... Read More

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  • I've never drank either wine but I like the idea. I'll look around and ... blends it with things like Trousseau, but does very tiny production and it's pretty hard to get outside of the Bay are Read More

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  • I have recently experienced a vinous disappointment in the shape of a bottle of Arbois Trousseau Les Corvees Domaine de la Touraize 2016. There was some blackberry style fruit but the taste was dominated by some very astringent tannins which did not even soften off after leaving the bottle open on the table overnight. I have had trousseau wines ... Read More

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  • Arbois Trousseau les Corvees Domaine de la Touraize 2016


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a stall in South London's Borough ... ... bottle is made of the trousseau grape,a grape which originated in this region but is also grown in other parts of the world,particularly Portugal,where it is called bastardo and used in port production.My bottle comes from a small family producer. I started it... Read More

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  • I had a lovely wine which is easily the equal of a good Burgundy, a Cotes du ... one third each of pinot noir,trousseau and poulsard,the last two being grapes native to the Jura regi Read More

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  • Jean Bourdy Cotes du Jura Rouge 2009


    I bought this bottle of wine for £12.50 from a shop in London [ ... noir.ploussard and trousseau,the latter two being grapes native to this part of France and the wine spent four years in old oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of bacon,mushrooms and pasta There is plenty of a raspberry,strawberry and redcurrant style frui... Read More

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  • I've debated posting on this thread for the past few days.It's an ... ... Carignan and an Argentine Trousseau. And I drank those before opening anything I had in the cellar because, well, I just couldn't wait!But whatever blows your hair back. All the best Lefty! Come around more ofte Read More

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  • Let it be said that I purchase most of my wine at Total Wine & More.Here's how I do it and I am usually 95% satisfied with ALL of my purchases.I decide on the varietals I need first then shop in my price range for the highest rated and my tried and true favorites on Total Wine & More Website. From dry to sweet, white to red and to heavy cabs fro... Read More

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