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Negrette grape variety
Wine glossary

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Negrette is a red grape variety that is thought to be related to the Mavro grape from Cyprus. It produces expressive, elegant red wines but plantings are restricted to only two areas in France - Fronton and Fiefs Vendeens.
The grapes form tight, compact bunches and the grape itself is small, quite black and of elliptical shape.
In Fronton in the south-west of France Negrette is a required variety for red wines and must comprise between 50% and 70% of the blend. This is not the case in the Fiefs Vendéens appellation below the Loire where any percentage can be used.
We love the pure Negrette produced by biodynamic guru Thierry Michon in the Fiefs Vendéens appellation. Experts in the cultivation of this grape agree that it produces much better wines if the yields are kept low - and Thierry’s vines certainly produce low yields! His Domaine Saint Nicolas Le Poire is a beautiful, elegant wine.
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