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Grape Varieties - Alicante Henri Bouschet

Alicante Henri Bouschet

Commonly shortened to Alicante Bouschet, this variety is one of the few red-fruited wine grapes to which can be applied the French descriptor teinturier for, unusually, it has red flesh and juice (almost all grapes - red and white - have clear juice). 

This variety was created in the late 19th century by Henri Bouschet in his vineyard in the Hérault. It was one offspring he obtained from crossing Grenache with the little known Petit Bouschet, this latter itself a cross of Aramon Noir and Teinturier. M Bouschet produced many cultivated varieties from this crossing and the qualities of each vary considerably. 

Subsequently, all crossings became extinct, save for Alicante Henri Bouschet and Alicante Bouschet No.2 which are, perhaps fortunately, indistinguishable from one another. 

Signature Style

Signature Style

The (rare) wines produced solely from this variety are deeply coloured and show plush dark fruits and are generally low in acidity. 

Famous Examples

Famous Examples

None.

Principle Regions

Principle Regions

Northern, Central and Eastern Spain; Southern France; Portugal.

Synonyms

Synonyms

Dalmatinka; Garnacha Tintorera; Kambusa; Sumo Tinto.

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