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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  • 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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  • Henri Maire Rouge Vermeil Arbois Domaine de la Croix d'Argis 1996


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... noir, 40% ploussard,and 10% trousseau. I started my bottle last night with my supper of fried pork and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackberry,raspberry and cherry style fruit there and the tannins are soft but fairly structured. There is a peppery or spicy finish and it is easy drinkin... Read More

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  • Can't say I'm a Trousseau fan myself. Fun to try and figure it out though. Read More

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  • Sandlands Trousseau 2013


    Bright red color. A lot of light passes through, and, because of that, some murkiness is apparent. After about a half-hour of air, chemical funk blew off. Red fruit on the nosesomething of a jammy cherry. Very light on entry, but the cherry flavor is apparent. Acid provides refreshing quality. A likable wine, but not a particularly memorab... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I'm guessing that Trousseau qualifies for inclusion in this conversation.  I've never had one, before, and, really have no expectations. OK, after a couple sips I am of the opinion that this red wine is a rose substitute.  A lot of light passes through the glass which, rightly or wrongly, suggests to me a fairly light-bodied wine.  Sure enough o... Read More

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  • I don't think the presence of RS in the "Grey Riesling" has much ... Gray or Grey Riesling was Trousseau Gris.  Alas, the problem with Wikipedia is no one checks for internal consistency.Wind Gap makes it, and I drank it recently at Pizzaiolo in Oakland.  It didn't strike me as something I would age, but there are those fans of the Jura, where... Read More

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  • I had a few Wente wines back in the '70s and early '80s but don't ... ... to do). The Sylvaner vs. Trousseau Gris issue also bears researching, if someone wants to continue with this discussion. Back during that same period I drank a lot of Sylvaner and Muller Thurgau from what seemed to me then like all over Central Europe, but since then the... Read More

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