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Terret

The grape variety family comes from France, Synonyms are Bourret, Tarret and Terrain. She has many mutations produced in different colors, not infrequently together on a vine and sometimes even on one grape can be found. There are the three varieties Terret Blanc , Terret Gris (Terret Bourret) and Terret Noir , which are among the oldest varieties in the world Languedoc counting. The origin is probably in the department Hérault, The parentage is unknown. It may have been mentioned for the first time in 1619, after safe source in 1676. The late-ripening, high-yielding vine is prone to both the true and the false mildew, as well as very sensitive to that grape, It produces acidified wines with Terret Blanc and Terret Gris neutral taste, as well as Terret Noir rather light red color.

With over 8,000 acres in the late 1950s Terret Gris was the most common grape variety in the Languedoc, In 2010, only 78 hectares were recorded; for Terret Blanc it was 1,390, for Terret Noir 143 hectares. The largest quantities of it are in the département Hérault cultivated. The three varieties are also often in mixed set. The two white varieties were formerly for the distillation and for wormwood im used. There are hardly any varietal wines, mostly they are in wines of appellations on the southern Rhone (eg Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône ), in the Languedoc (eg Corbières and Minervois ) and the Provence (eg Cassis and palette ) authorized.

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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