Aspiran Noir grapes
Aspiran Noir or better known as Rivairenc is a red French grape variety which is primarily grown in the Languedoc region.
It is permitted under the Appellation d’Origine Controlee rules in the red and rose wines of the Minervois AOC.
According to studies, this ancient grape variety is now approximately extinct; however, some authors believe that Aspiran Noir is similar to the vitis narbonnensis spiralis recorded by Pliny the Elder.
Aspiran Noir has been mentioned first time years before 1544 in the harvest song – Chant de Vendages by Bonaventure des Periers.
In 1676, the variety was mentioned under the name Espiran by Magnol in his Botanicum Monspeliense and recommended as excellent.
Other remarks and theories were discovered in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries carrying the historical name Aspiran Noir.
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