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

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  • Carlisle Sonoma Valley Compagni Portis 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Pale yellow color. Fruity, flowery nosemint, orange blossoms. Apricot and tangerine on the tip of the tongue. Some Gewurz spicethe blend really settles that down. Some mineral hints, mid-palate. Very nice acid refreshment. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Being a fan of Jolie-Laide and being that we have been drinking a lot of whites ... the Syrah and where is the Trousseau Gris? Fear not. Those will be released in the Fall, and right here, we have the summertime wines for you now.)         These wines are stunning. The name Jolie-Laide literally translates to “pretty-ugly” in French, however, i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • There's not a lot of Trousseau (Bastardo) panted in California, less than 10 acres, so these are kind of on the rare side. The Luchsingers in Lake County have an acre or so, The Fanucchi Vineyard in Fulton a couple, Wells Guthrie of Cooain has grafted over 6 acres of his estate bineyards and Tegan Passalacqua if Turley/Sandlands an acre in the B... Read More

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  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... Roussane, ... Roussane, Sémillon, Trousseau gris, and Viognier.[8]Up until the late 1980s, the Californian wine industry was dominated by the Bordeaux varietals and Chardonna Read More

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  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

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  • Last night, sorry, we thoroughly enjoyed this Cabot Zinfandel blend. Very spicy ... the menu so I might open a Trousseau. Stay tune 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

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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