A remarkable companion to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Carmenere Noir is a grape variety originally from France’s Bordeaux region, with small clusters of medium-sized grapes. Grown on seven hectares in the region, it accounts for only 0.1% of all black varieties planted there. This is a paltry proportion considering that this grape once contributed significantly to the region’s wines, particularly those made in the Médoc area. It was hit hard by phylloxera and not replanted due to its fragility (risk of fruit drop) and low yields. It contributes colour, power and tannins to blends. When blended with other varieties, Carmenere Noir offers deep colour, richness, vibrancy and character to full-bodied wines. It is suitable for aging and can even be used for varietal wines, though it is a remarkable companion to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.