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Pinot St. George grapes

by | Feb 15, 2017

Pinot St. George is considered as a rare dark red wine grape variety the production and plantation of which is mainly encountered in the regions of South West France.

Pinot St. George

To be more particular, the plantation of this grape variety is found in abundance in the regions between Albi and Toulouse of southwest France.

This grape variety is considered as a direct descendant to that of the Mavro rootstock, a variety of grape that is cultivated abundantly on the island of Cyprus.

Most commonly referred to as Negrette, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also known as BATF in its ruling stated that this red wine grape variety shall be no longer called as Pinot St. George.

The plantation of this red wine grape variety is found across various vineyards in the regions of California as well as southwestern France.

However, today the plantation and cultivation of these grapes have become almost extinct in the French regions. The vines of this red wine grape variety perform their best in the dry and hot climates and they also entertain the ability to grow themselves in different types of soil.

Wine grape varieties

As already stated, this red wine grape variety is actually a Negrette grape. This grape variety entertains one of the clearest genetic ancestries in the whole world of wines.

This grape variety is considered as a very rare grape variety today and it is almost on the brink of extinction.

This French variety of red wine grapes has been interestingly allowed itself to mutate at its own will in the vineyards over the years, which has been resulting into the frequent creations of real differences as to the flavor of wines that were transmitted by the grapes that have been separated only by a small walking path.

The blends that are prepared out of this red wine grape variety are permitted to include an international varietal going up to 25 percent.

Once a very popular grape variety, it was the origin of Cabernet Franc that changed the entire market scenario for this red wine grape variety and caused a number of vintners to initiate the use of higher amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and other Cabernets over this red wine grape variety.

Over the years, this red wine grape variety has been recognized under a number of synonyms such as Cahors, Bourgogne, Courporel, Folle noire, Mourelet, Negralet, Negret de Gaillac, Degoutant, Negrette de Rabastens, Negrette de Longages, Negrette de Nice, Negrette Poujut, Noirien, Petit Noir de Fronton, Saintongeais, Vilemu, Pinot Saint George, Vesparo noir and many others.

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This red wine grape variety is said to have traced its origin in the regions of South West France. Thereafter, this plantation and cultivation began to flourish in the regions of California.

Today, this red wine grape variety has become a virtually distinct grape variety in its native place.

Wines with Pinot St. George grapes


This red wine grape variety is considered to be very low in terms of both, the tannins as well as acidity. The grapes of this red wine grape variety are versatile in nature and therefore they are ideal for both blending and for the production of varietal wines.

However, these grapes are mostly used for the production of varietal wines because during the blending process, it becomes very hard to handle these grapes.

Characteristics of Wine

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are considered to possess a very fruity flavor along with a hint of violet as well as spicy taste and flavors.

In fact, these wines become spicy after taste. These wines are entirely full-bodied in their nature as compared to other rose wines prepared in southeastern and other regions of France.

The red wines produced out of this grape variety entertain a good and a soft texture. These wines are full of fragrance as well as violet flavor. The vines of this red wine grape variety are very much susceptible to grey rot and odium.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety taste their best when they are paired with the food items such as smoked vegetables, chocolate cakes and other kinds of barbecued dishes.


Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

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