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Chenanson grapes

by Dec 15, 20160 comments

Chenanson is a red wine producing grape variety grown in southern regions of Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon in France.


It is a hybrid grape variety which is a cross of Grenache and Jurancon grape varieties. It is among those grape varieties which are known by only its name.

There are no other synonyms for the grape. Chenanson grape is used in about 45 different wines on Vivino. Apart from being used to make high quality blends, Chenanson grape also makes varietals which are equally popular.

The wine is listed in the Catalogue of vine varieties in France, which shows how important the grape is to the region. The wines have a high acidic level.

Young leaves of the vine are yellow or green. Adult leaves take orbicular shapes and have 5 lobes open with an open U-shaped petiole sinus.

Wine grape varieties

The Chenanson gape is a new variety which is becoming popular among those who like strong acidity as and strong aromas in red wines.

A number of other clones were but they could not reach to this level of production. Flaws were detected in the clones and were therefore abandoned.

Furthermore, experiments are being done to enhance the taste of the wines made from a Chenanson grape variety. As the consumption of the wines is increasing, there are chances of the grape being cultivated in parts other than France.

The grape is to be encouraged so that its production does not go down in the coming years as it has the potential to make wines that taste good, can age and blends well.

Origin of Chenanson

Chenanson was made in 1958 by Paul Truel who carried out the experiment of crossing Jurancon and Grenache grape varieties.

He was from Montpellier’s Institut National de la RechercheAgronomique. The variety became extremely popular and by the year 2010, about 1600 acres of land was coved by Chenanson grape variety.

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The grape is not very old and so it avoided the disastrous attacks that destroyed a number of grape varieties reputation. It is a new variety which is being spread very fast due to its pleasant taste and aromas.

The fact that it is a new variety is the reason that a number of scientists are interested in using the grape to discover more about it.

Features of Chenanson

Chenanson grape grow in large clusters while the berries are small in size and round in shape. Distinctive, generous and supple wines are produced from this grape variety.

A number of clones were created, but only clone number 602 was approved to be used as a wine producing grape. Chenanson grape wines are very similar to the parent grape Grenache and have a gentle sweet and spicy aroma.

They have a very vibrant colour. The vines have a very high production rate. The grape is not very susceptible to grey rot, but is prone to downy mildew and botrytis.

They have a high acidic level and are good bodied wines. Distinguishing the Chenanson grape is not a difficult task as in the early growing season their shoots get covered with a white, cotton-like down.

Food Pairing

The wines made from this grape variety grape have a high acidity making it easy to be paired with almost all food items.

You can enjoy the flavour of the wine with roasted cheese with thyme-infused stuffing. Roasted eggplant is also said to taste nice with these wines.

It can also be enjoyed with sheep’s milk cheese and potato chips. Salted dishes and sushi are among the dishes which can be enjoyed with Chenanson grape wine.

Potato pancakes are often taken with this wine. Spaghetti can be taken with this wine. It is also possible to consume the wine without taking in any other food item. The flavours are not so high that you will need to neutralise it.

The Chenanson grape is an important variety of the French winery and so we must try the taste of the wine if we ever get a chance to do so.

Not all the crosses made by experts, are as successful as Chenanson grape. It must therefore be acknowledged and taken care of!

You can look out for the wines online. They are readily available and will reach at your location within minimum possible time.

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Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

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