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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  • With the New Year just around the corner, pop the cork on a sparkling wine and it’s jingle bells all the way. The days when Champagne had it all its own way are long gone for our wine shelves are now groaning with bubbles from all over the world. And there’s more good news; as our credit cards take a festive pounding you can now find a sparkler ... Read More

    From the article Have a Sparkling Holiday & A Grand Cru New Year


  • Grand Cru Wine of the Year 2016;: available where I live.For Me I think 2012 Siduri Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir performed best. Followed by Ben Pappietro 777 and Pommard Clones, 2 and then 3rd.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's Your 2016 Wine of the...


  • Here are my WOTYs USA. This red and white are both California wines.Red - 2008 Scherrer Pinot Noir Platt Vineyard. Here's part of my CT tasting note - It's difficult to describe all the layers of flavors, ripe red and black cherry, blackberry, tar, a bit of smoke, fine grained tannins, juicy acidity, a finish that went on forever.White - 2012 Fa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's Your 2016 Wine of the...


  • Okay, we're counting down to the end of the year.  With three drinking weeks left, start nominating your wines of the year.  And, if you like, nominate a wine experience of the year. I'm going to have to think about the WOTY for a while, and I'll update this OP as things occur to me, but I'm going to say it wasn't a year full of head turning win... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's Your 2016 Wine of the...


  • Aloxe-Corton Domaine Daniel Senard 1987

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £9 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/106820.Aloxe-Corton is an appellation created in 1938,although viticulture here goes back centuries,for red and white wines [but over 90% are red] from the commune of Aloxe-Corton and the neighbouring commune of Ladoix-Serrigny. The vineyards are located on t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Santa Clara Grand Noir Old Vine 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by BYAHHH


  • We cooked the main dishes and brought them over to our son Tom's place.  We celebrated Thanksgiving with Sandra's parents, her older brother, our son, our daughter-in-law, the two grand kids and our daughter.  Sandra did a great job cooking and preparing the dishes and the turkey was cut up by me!  I always do my part you see.Our two wines were ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Happy Thanksgiving!


  • Happy Thanksgiving everybody!What wines are you enjoying with your celebration today? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Happy Thanksgiving!


  • Being aware of price points for most of the other varietals I have always wondered why the Pinot Noirs are always priced way ahead of the other varietals.It is almost impossible to purchase a Pinot Noir at the same price point/quality as a Cabernet Sauvignon for under $20Now I live in a region where both Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State) and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...


  • Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Rose 2008

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    toasted sweetbread, yet with some layers, and nice floral nose Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


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