Concise in colour and flavour
The trademark of the Alicante Bouschet is its rich, dark colour. Like the Cinsault or Regent, it is one of the teinturier varieties. These are grapes with red flesh and red juice – for all other varieties, the pigments rest in the skin. The Alicante Bouschet was cultivated in Languedoc by Henri Bouschet in 1855. It is called “Alicante” because one of the hybrid partners was the Garnacha grape, which is traditionally referred to as Alicante in Spain. The Alicante Bouschet is found around the Mediterranean. The largest vineyards lie on Spain's Levante coast. In addition, it thrives in the Portugese Alentejo. It yields dark, robust, mellow wine with deep fruit.