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The Counoise Grape

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About Counoise

(Synonyms: Coneze, Connoges, Connoise, Counèse, Counoïse, Counïso, Counoueiso, Guélnoise, Quenoise, Rivier.)


Map showing the Rhone Valley region of France.

Counoise is a red-wine grape originating in the Rhône Valley region of France, which remains its primary source; there are also, however, some plantings in the U.S. (notably in Californian and Washington State).

Counoise is another of the many grapes traditionally used chiefly or wholly as components of blends, but now attracting some attention as an interesting monovarietal. When made with appropriate care, it can produce a red-fruit, medium-bodied wine of some interest and even complexity. It is not unlike a Beaujolais or Gamay, but perhaps somewhat spicier.

Factoid: Counoise is sometimes confused with the Aubun grape, in good part because it was once common to have the two grown together in "field blends"; but Aubun is considered distinctly lower in quality than Counoise.

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Some Descriptions of Counoise Wines

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Some Counoises to Try

(About this list.)

There are very, very few Counoise bottlings on the U.S. retail market (less than half a dozen). As between quality, price, and availability, we have found but one to list (and no “splurge” wines either).

Sans Liege “Groundwork” Counoise
(The Wine Searcher “Critic Reviews” score of 82 for this wine is in error owing to an incorrect defective 2016 CellarTracker score report; the actual Critic score should be 88 or 89; we have reported that to Wine Searcher.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Reviews” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks.

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Counoise wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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