Our Chambourcin is an exciting complex red with bold raspberry characteristics. A pleasant surprise!
Reminiscent of white chocolate and raspberries. Don’t let the full body richness fool you. Enjoy the beautiful color. It can be made into a dry style or one with a moderate residual sugar level, giving it a pleasant but not overbearing sweetness. Chambourcin wines are often served with dark chocolate as the flavors of the wine and chocolate intermingle exceptionally well. Chambourcin has been planted widely in the mid-Atlantic region of North America, particularly in such states as New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. The most striking attribute of Chambourcin, besides its distinctive dark coloring, is its herbaceous aroma. The wines are often spicy, with black cherries and plum flavors, and a range of herbal characters.
Chambourcin is a purple-skinned French-American hybrid grape that is more readily available in the United States and Australia than in its homeland, France. Commercially released in 1963, Chambourcin is a relatively new hybrid but it is also one of the most successful. The intense dark color of Chambourcin has led winemakers in many regions to use it to improve the depth of blended red wines, without sacrificing the fruit quality of the main variety. The exact parentage of Chambourcin remains unknown, but it is thought to be a crossing of native North American vines with a Siebel hybrid. Chambourcin is also the parent of the Regent hybrid, which is grown in Germany and Switzerland. Chambourcin has been grown in the northeastern and Midwest United States since the 1970s. Due to its hybrid heritage, the French don’t allow Chambourcin in any Vin de Pays or appellation controlled regions. However, growers in Nantes, in the western Loire, grow a significant amount for use in Vin de Table wine blends. Chambourcin is widely grown in New South Wales, Australia, where it may be blended with Shiraz or produced as part of a sparkling red wine blend. It is also planted to a limited degree in Canada, New Zealand and Vietnam.