Terret Gris is a white wine grape variety that is native to the Languedoc wine region of France. Known by other names such as Terrain, Terret bourret, Terret rose and Bourret and Tarret, this grape variety is also allowed to be used in certain white wine varieties such as Corbieres, Coteaux du Languedoc and Minervois AOCs, as per the regulations of Appellation d’origine controlee (AOC). A wine that is crisp and acidic with a full body and clear mineral notes, this Gris wine is known to be the best result of white mutation of the grape varietal.
Origin of Terret Gris Wine
This wine is a result of the mutation process of the light berried Terret grapes, which originate from the southern part of France, especially in the Languedoc region almost a century ago. By the 1980’s around 5000 hectares of fertile land was planted with this variety of grape and the production of the grape was at its peak at this time. In fact, the cultivation of the Terret grapes was almost equal to that of Chardonnay, so that is how popular it is.
Regions Producing the Wine
Terret Gris is produced in the Languedoc region of France, wherein, the varietal is also used for making the popular Corbieres, Coteaux du Languedoc and Minervois.
Preparation of the Wine
These wines are prepared by ideally fermenting the grapes in cement vats with natural yeasts, which are then shifted into barrels with malo lactic. Filtration is generally not required for this wine, which has the tones of sherry and honey, with hints of citrus.
Food Pairing of the Wine
Terret Gris is ideally paired with sea food such as the lobster and also other light foods such as fish and chicken.