Wines with Chatus grapes
This grape goes by the name Brunetta or Scarlattinin in the Val Di Susa region or Branchet in the Canavese region.
Origin of Chatus grape
Scientists are still trying to figure out the origin of this grape, whether it belongs to the France’s Ardeche, or the Isere region, and therefore being traditional to Piedmont or it travelled in the other direction, making it a rather traditional and not so native variety of France.
When it comes to Italy, documents have been found where the family of Nebiolus belongs to the region of Dronero.
And it is thought that this grape is actually Nebbiolo. Relative to France, the mention of Chatus has been made in Italy long before and besides this grape is exclusively used for parenting several different species of grapes.
As a result of this, the common belief is that this grape belongs to Italy, and is native to Piedmontese region.
Region where Chatus grape is grown
This grape variety was once very common specie in both France as well as Italy. Now, this specie is found only in the lower Val Maira region mainly around the hills of Saluzzo and Pinerolo.
When it comes to France, this variety is practically disappeared, only to be found in Ardeche and that too in very miniscule quantities.
However, with the effort to revive this variety, this grape is planted in the regions of Roziere and Largentiere.
Characteristics of Chatus Grape
Chatus grape is currently only cultivated in Italy and its existence is almost wiped out in France.
However, Chatus grape has been used in both Italy as well as France to create varieties of grapes which are hybrids, such as Sereneze de Voreppe of France, which happens to be a crossing of Chatus and Gouais Blanc, or the varieties of Albarossa, Nebbiera, Cornarea, San Martino, Passau, San Michele, Valentino Nero and Soperga which happen to have one parent as Chatus and are exclusively cultivated in the laboratories of Italy.
Viticulture of Chatus Grape
A mutation of Chatus grape known by the name of Nebbiolo Pairole or Pirole or Paiolo is a grape which is characterized by a little black bottom such that it looks like a dark pot.
In France, this mutation is apparently known as Noir de Maure. This grape variety which is an easy variety to grow is very sensitive to hail storms and slightly sensitive to Oidium.
This grape also offers resistance to grey rot and several fungal infections.
This grape variety is very vigorous and very productive, but it has a bad basal bud fertility which calls for the necessity of green harvests, especially on the fertile flatland soils, where, quality of wines produced using the Chatus grapes is average.
Characteristics of Chatus Wines
The wine made from Chatus grape is often blended with local varieties such as the Neretta Cuneese or the Barbera helping them get a body and a structure.
Since the Chatus wines contain very less sugar levels, these wines tend to have a less alcohol content.
This grape, which grows in the form of small berries has plenty of polyphenols (which includes both anthocyanins as well as tannins) producing wines which are well structured and deeply hued, almost looking purple black when it comes to the colour.
Chatus wines tend to have a delicate spicy taste giving out herbal aromas which are complicated by the hints of prunes and blueberries.
These wines tend to have a savory taste and appear full bodied when it comes to the structure.
I have been online since it all began, with blogging and creating websites. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one of my passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂
Wines with Chatus grapes
We have none wines with Chatus grapes, but the synonym is Nebbiola, and the comes here:
Pio Cesare – Nebbiolo 2008-12 75cl Bottle€28.17 Find Merchant
G D Vajra – Langhe Nebbiolo 2010-13 75cl Bottle€23.51 Find Merchant
Proprieta Sperino – Lessona 2006 75cl Bottle€56.15 Find Merchant
Bruno Rocca – Barbaresco Rabaja 2009 6x 75cl Bottles€351.36 Find Merchant
Prunotto – Occhetti Nebbiolo D’Alba 2009 6x 75cl Bottles€112.15 Find Merchant
Cascina Fontana – Langhe Nebbiolo 2009 75cl Bottle€23.20 Find Merchant
Sibona – Grappa di Nebbiolo 50cl Bottle€29.64 Find Merchant
Bruno Rocca – Barbaresco Maria Adelaide 2008 6x 75cl Bottles€616.93 Find Merchant
Trentham Estate – La Famaglia Nebbiolo 2013 75cl Bottle€13.59 Find Merchant
Poderi Aldo Conterno – ‘Il Favot’ Langhe Nebbiolo 2009 75cl Bottle€53.21 Find Merchant