Trousseau (Bastardo, Toursseau Noir)
Trousseau, also known as Bastardo or Toursseau Noir, is a red grape variety that is native to the Jura region in eastern France. It is known for producing unique and distinctive wines with aromas of red fruits, spices, and earthy notes
Varietal Origin: Trousseau originated in the Jura region of eastern France, where it has been grown for centuries. It is also found in other wine regions of France, such as Savoie and the Loire Valley, as well as in Portugal & Moldova where it is known as Bastardo.
Taste Profile: Trousseau wines are typically light to medium-bodied with moderate acidity and low tannins. They are known for their unique and complex aromas, which can include red fruit notes such as cherry, raspberry, and red currant, as well as spices, herbs, and earthy undertones. Trousseau wines can also exhibit floral and mineral notes, with a distinctively savory and sometimes rustic character.
Regional Styles: Trousseau is primarily used in the production of red wines in the Jura region of France, where it is often blended with other local grape varieties such as Poulsard and Pinot Noir to create distinctive regional styles. In the Jura, Trousseau wines are often aged in oak barrels, which can impart additional complexity and depth to the wine. Trousseau is also used in the production of rosé wines and sparkling wines in some regions. In Portugal, where it is known as Bastardo, it is used in the production of fortified wines in the Madeira and Azores islands, as well as in some table wines