Trousseau Gris: New To Me

Elizabeth Smith Consulting

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A few years ago, I became a member of the Wine Century Club, which requires that one taste wines made from 100 different grape varieties. I was new to wine and became fanatical about buying and tasting atypical varietal wines. One variety that did not make my first 100 list was trousseau gris, a relatively unknown grape variety that thrives in cool climates. A mutation of trousseau noir, trousseau gris is believed to have originated in the Alsace-Lorraine area of eastern France. Today, along with trousseau noir, it is one of a few varieties produced in the Jura wine region of France located between Burgundy and Switzerland, along with chardonnay, pinot noir, poulsard, and savagnin. In the past, trousseau gris, known as grey riesling, was more widely found in California until it waned in popularity. Today in California, it is only available from a 40-year-old…

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