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Terret Noir grapes

by | Mar 7, 2017

Terret Noir is considered as a dark-skinned variety of red wine grapes that primarily hail from France.

Terret Noir

This red wine grape variety is mainly grown in the region of Rhone Valley in France. As a matter of fact, this variety of red wine grape is considered as a mutation of the old vine of the Vitis vinifera specie called Terret.

This grape variety is permitted as a blending grape in a number of wines, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, to be more specific.

This grape variety is considered as a very ancient variety of grape that also happened to spawn the grapes of Terret Blanc as well as Terret Gris.

All the three variants of this Terret family are referred to as he native to the region of Languedoc-Roussillon, although the Terret Noir grape variety is believed to have another home in the Rhone Valley.

Like the Terret Noir, both two variants of this grape variety, Terret Blanc and Terret Gris are not allowed by the AOC law to be planted or used as a blend in the Chateauneud du Pape red wines.

Various different versions of this grape, especially the white version is also planted and cultivated in the region of Languedoc.

The vines of this red wine grape variety bud a little late, however whenever it comes to their growth, they grow vigorously.

The skin of this red wine grape is considered to perform wonders for the wines so produced because it helps to add and enhance the levels of aroma in all the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety.

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Despite of having a good name and entertaining some of the most amazing features, this red wine grape variety is on a brink of decline today.

According to the records, there were only 189 hectares of the plantings of this red wine grape variety in France in the year 2007.

This is certainly a steep decline if it is being compared to the 1000 acre plantings carried out in the year 2000.

Today, the plantings of this red wine grape variety are not encountered outside the region of Southern Rhone.

Apart from the wines of Chateaunuef du Pape, the grapes of this red wine grape variety also play a very important role in a number of wines as well as appellations such as Corbieres, Gigondas, Cotes du Rhone, Minervois and many others.

This grape variety is also known under various names such as Terret Bourret, Terret du Pays as well as Terre Chernyi.

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Origin

This red wine grape variety hails from the region of France. To be more particular, this red wine grape variety has been originated in the Languedoc region of France.

The plantings of this red wine grape variety are limited to this region only. Unfortunately, it is on the verge of extinction.

Characteristics

The tip of the young shoots of this red wine grape variety entertains a very dense coat of flat-lying hairs.

The young leaves of this red wine grape variety come with bronze patches while the adult leaves develop three lobes with a slightly open or closed petiole sinus.

The size of the berries of this red wine grape variety is round as to their shape. These berries are also considered as slightly elliptical in their shape.

The vines of this red wine grape variety grow very erect and they are well adapted to the cordon or goblet training systems. These vines are considered as a little sensitive to downy mildew as well as powdery mildew.

This red wine grape variety is mostly used as to the creation of the light-colored wines that are not entirely full-bodied wines.

These wines come with a good level of acidity as well as a slight tartness. However, just like all its siblings, this grape variety entertains a predisposition to the process of mutation that makes it a very different proposition for vignerons.

The grape of this grape variety is used in the production of various classics such as Grenache, Mourvedre as well as Syrah. The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are considered as rare.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are best paired with the food items such as couscous with braised vegetables, grilled or baked eggplant dishes as well as turkey sausages.

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Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

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