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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  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

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  • To Stephen: I've always wondered what the REAL cost of producing a bottle of wine is in this area (granted that there surely is a range). I have 34 vines in my back yard (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese). I once calculated that, even at the outrageous per-bottle cost I incur (because I make only about 60 bottles a year), I cou... Read More

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  • Amour & EM - Those chardonnay wines look and surely taste nice.Today would have been a good one for chardonnay or perhaps sauvignon blanc, but I elected for red wine, even with oysters....but let me explain.We started this Thursday morning at The Kennedy Center for a 1000 NSO rehearsal - which is free to subscribers - but it entails riding the M... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • THANKS ALL.....the thing is this...and for each one of us...there is a specific story...a specific set of circumstances.....My parents live with me...my dad is nearly 100....my mum is high in her eighties!  A lot of folks come here to see them....old political party members who rallied with my Dad in his day, people who worked for him since he h... Read More

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  • Domaine Vincent Bouzerau Corton Clos des Fiètres Grand Cru 2002

    Snoothrank:

    grassy, earthy, herby nose; sweet yet savoury, with some toasted spices. good! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • André Morey les Marcelines Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Aoc 1973

    Snoothrank:

    rich fruit and soy flavors, slightly savoury Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Domaine Maillard Pere et Fils Chorey-les-Beaune 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/106044. Chorey-les-Beaune is an appellation created in 1970 for red and white wines from the commune of that name in Burgundy. Chorey-les-Beaune is located about 3 miles north-east of the town of Beaune on the lower slopes of the Cotes de Beaune in the valley of th... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • You never know what event is going to bring along one of those reference point wines. I can remember GdP's events being pretty exciting for me as I was just starting out with those types of things. Can recall the nose on an '83 Cos pretty well...it was probably the 1st mature Bordeaux that I can recall. It was pretty much dead on the palate, but... Read More

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  • So what wine or other special beverage are you having tonight to celebrate the coming year?  We have a nice 2010 Barnett wine open right now, serving this with a grilled steak shortly.  Later tonight I'll open up a sparkling wine to ring in the New Year. Read More

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  • We talked a lot about sparkling wine last week but there is a lot more to cover. The biggest sparkling wine day of the year, New Year's Eve, is right around the corner. Opening a bottle of sparkling wine can be a a dangerous proposition. There's a lot of pressure under that cork! But if you like living on the edge, there's always sabrage. When t... Read More

    From the article Holiday Sparkling Bottle Pick List


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