Trousseau

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

Type or types of wines the grape produces: Little varietal Read more »

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  • Oh, you can't leave us there, GdP.  You tasted "several dozen ... ... anyway.  Had a Trousseau from Jura a few nights before that.  My idea of what Beaujolais ought to be--fun, fruit up front, sneaky tannins at most.  I liked it a lot more than Beaujolais I have had.  Went great with roasted chicken.And just slipping this in:  We're back in t... Read More

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  • MJet I'm friends with the grower, Chuck Giovanetti, yet amazingly have ... ... ... (aka, Mataro), 0.6% Trousseau noir 0.4% Petit Bousch Read More

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  • Got my fall shipment from Bedrock a couple days ago.  It's been ... ... of mainly Gewurtzraminer, Trousseau Gris, Riesling, Burger and some unknowns. This has a fair amount of floral perfume on the nose. Plenty of dry white peach, a somewhat oily texture, a touch of white pepper, decent acidity and a fairly long finish. I really enjoyed this b... Read More

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  • Bedrock Compagni Portis White Sonoma 2014

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    Very young and interesting white blend from Bedrock. This has a fair amount of floral perfume on the nose. Plenty of dry white peach, a somewhat oily texture, a touch of white pepper, decent acidity and a fairly long finish. Read More

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  • The St Francis is a Zinfandel, or actually a field blend. The vineyard is ... is ... (aka, Mataro) 0.6% Trousseau noir 0.4% Petit Bousch Read More

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  • As a rule of thumb I decant every wine bottle north of $50 for at least 45 mins. During the 45 mins we usually enjoy half a glass of a daily drinker to get our palate ready for the really good stuff. Thoughts on this approach would be great? What's your approach other than PNP.....   Read More

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  • EMark, Ah Topolos, the best outdoor dining experience in all of Sonoma County. ... to. Safe. Plus Vermentino, Trousseau Gris, Ribolla Gialla, Touriga Nacional, Picpoul Blanc etc don't carry the hefty fruit cost. Economics. So I see a bunch of it and there is a lot poured at local events. Need to climb out of my shell and get back into the adve... Read More

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  • Id recommend Gamay (Beaujolais) or for the more adventorous Trousseau eg. from Philippe Bonard from Jura.  Good stuff with a highly interesting personality. Read More

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  • I have just read the most illuminating post I have ever read, "which red wines are most tannic", wow guys great details and some useful info.  But I'm most interested in the least tannic red wines.Reason?I have gout and tannins play havoc on gout and while I still want to try and enjoy Red Wine, esp good red wine I can longer drink medium or hig... Read More

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  • Greg, if you do the Furmint v. Chenin test, I want to be there.  I like my ... ... with GdP's blessing.Trousseau does hit me as one of those slightly generic light reds--Frappato is in the same ballpark, but has more potential for interest.  Still, with some things, a light red can be good--like when you want St. Joseph instead of Cote Rotie. ... Read More

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