LET’S TRY GRENACHE NOIR
Grenache Noir is a grape from Sardinia, imported in Spain between 1300 and 1500, then imported in Languedoc-Roussilon, Rhone Valley and Provence. Today Grenache Noir is one of the most using grape through the world, after Merlot and Cabernet-Sauvignon.
This grape, in same family than white grenache, is easy to recognize it: its skin is strong, thick, and blue. It is provided with lot of berries and offer a great quantity of sweet juice.
It brings a fresh acidity and an interesting round texture. Grenache Noir carries black berry and cherries aromas. Generally it is medium acidity and medium tannin.
Used alone or blended with Mourvèdre, Syrah or even Carignan, it produces the bests red wines and rosé from south of France.
Grenache is most of the time, knew thanks to its Roussillon sweet wines (VDN : Vins Doux Naturels). This kind of wine is particularly strong in alcohol and low in acidity and really appreciate at the end of meal with a dessert.
Today, there are 240.000ha Grenache planted through the world with almost 100.000 in France. Often cultivated on dry and stony soil, Grenache Noir is the sun grape. Lot of winemakers love to work with this grape where it can have an amazing fineness in Châteauneuf du Pape (with Château Rayas for example).