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Trousseau is a dark-skinned red wine grape variety autochthonous to eastern France in the Jura wine region. Trousseau typically has an intense cherry-red colour and notes of red berries and forest fruits. It is also, full-flavoured and powerful wine with gamey and earthy nuances. In good vintages, the wines can mature extremely well and develop great complexity. The grape is also known under the name Bastardo in Portugal and Merenzao in Spain. In the Jura region is planted in the Arbois appellation and produces complex wines capable of long ageing. In Portugal, the finest expressions of the grape are coming from the island of Madeira, where it makes one of the rarest and most celebrated Madeira Bastardo wine. It grows in Douro and Dao Valley where it is one of the permitted grape varieties for Port wine. Small plantings are to be found in Australia, United States and Argentina.


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