Couderc Noir is a black hybrid grape from France that now is found mainly in Brazil.

Characteristics
Couderc Noir is recognised by aromas of earth and berries. The colour is dark blue-red.

The variety is however sensitive to Phylloxera which could be one explanation for its decrease in popularity.

Wines
The few reports on wines made from Couderc Noir that can be found says that it is used for blending, for varietal wines, and to produce rosé wines that have some ageing ability.

Food pairing
Given the absence of information regarding Couderc Noir wines, no pairing suggestions can be given.

Where is it grown?
Couderc Noir plantings in Brazil have increased almost ten times between 2000 and 2010, and is now at 2.477 ha/6,121 ac, making it the fifth most planted grape in the country.

It is however not completely sure that the reported grape actually is Couderc Noir, so the Brazilian information has to be seen as preliminary for the time being.

In France, there’s been a decrease with 1/3 in ten years and the planted area is now 207 ha/512 ac. The majority of this is found in the Rhône Valley, with additional plantings in Provence and south-western France.

History
The name – Couderc Noir – refers to George Couderc, a private breeder who created the grape in the end of the 19th century. Couderc got heavily involved in the work of dealing with the Phylloxera disease.

He worked in Aubenas, just west of the Rhône Valley but is also recognised for having done a lot to save the Bordeaux vineyards, earning him the name “Saver of the French Noble vines”.

Couderc Noir is a hybrid, e.g. an inter specific cross between Munson (a crossing created in USA by the breeder Hermann Jaeger, used mainly as table grape) and an unknown Vitis Vinifera grape.