Ploussard | red grape variety | Jura | France

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Ploussard grape variety
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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

There are three red grape varieties in the Jura - Trousseau, Ploussard and Pinot Noir. Trousseau is a light, expressive grape variety that is planted widely in the Jura but reaches its highest expression in the village of Montigny-les-Arsures where Puffeney and Gahier make their delectable wines.
Pinot Noir is well known from Burgundy and elsewhere and the wines made from this grape in the Jura are particularly interesting and distinctly different from the wines of Burgundy which is only an hour by car from this remote region.
And then there is Ploussard which, like Trousseau, produces lighter styles of red wines around the village of Pupillin and slightly more weighty wines near Montigny les Arsures. Just to confuse matters it is also known as Poulsard.
The wines made from this grape are light, fruity (cherries), fresh and, usually, quite minerally. The lightness of colour is due to the very thin skins with low levels of phenolics that give colour to the wine.
We find them quite compelling. We love Philippe Bornard’s La Chamade and also his non-sulphured Point Barre which is delicate and silky and a delight to drink. We also like the quite different style of the Ploussard produced by Michel Gahier. This is a more structured wine that exhibits elegance and persistence.
So where did the grape originate? Most authorities agree that it is a native of the Jura region.
The leaves of the vine have five distinct lobes which are quite pointy and the grapes are quite light in colour.
It is important to note that Trousseau has been successfully exported to other parts of the world such as Spain and Australia where it is known as Bastardo. However we know of no plantings of Ploussard outside the Jura.
And we should end by saying that Ploussard is also turned into a sparkling wine by Philippe Bornard and it is one of our favourite wines of all. This is the delectable Tant-Mieux, that light, fizzy, slightly-sweet sparkling wine that is low on alcohol but high in the gluggability stakes.
 
     
     
     


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