|Bastardo in Viala & Vermorel|
|Color of berry skin||Noir|
|Also called||Cabernet Gros, Trousseau, Trousseau Noir (more)|
|Notable regions||Portugal, California, Chablis, Jura|
Bastardo (Trousseau noir, Trousseau) is an old variety of red wine grape. It is grown in small amounts in many parts of Western Europe; most famously it is used in Portuguese port wine. It makes deep cherry red wines with high alcohol and flavours of red berry fruits.
History and pedigree
Distribution and Wines
A little is grown in Argentina and in several regions of Spain, including the Canary Islands.
A small amount is grown in Australia under the name Gros Cabernet.
It's part of the blend for port wine and also an important variety for red wines in the Dão.
As in Portugal, it is used to make fortified wines in California.
Vine and Viticulture
It needs hot, dry conditions to do well. The name Trousseau (from Old French trusse, meaning "a bundle") is a reference to the shape of the bunch, it looks 'packed up'.
Bastardo is also known under the synonyms Bastardinha, Bastardinho, Bastardo Do Castello, Bastardo Dos Frados, Bolonio, Capbreton rouge, Chauche noir, Cruchenton rouge, Donzelino De Castille, Gris De Salces, Gros Cabernet, Merenzao, María Ardoña, Maturana Tinta, Verdejo negro, Pardinho, Pinot gris De Rio negro, Semillon rouge, Tresseau, Triffault, Trousse, Trousseau, Trousseau gris, Trousseau noir, Troussot, Trusiaux, Trusseau, Trussiau.
Notes and references
- Maul, Erika; Töpfer, Reinhard; Eibach, Rudolf (2007). "Vitis International Variety Catalogue". Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof (IRZ), Siebeldingen, Germany. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
- Robinson, Jancis (1992). Vines, Grapes and Wines: The Wine Drinker's Guide to Grape Varieties. Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 978-1-85732-999-5.
- Robinson, Jancis (2006). The Oxford Companion to Wine, third edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-860990-2.