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The Ruchè Grape


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About Ruchè

(Synonyms: Moscatellina, Roché, Romitagi, Rouchet, Ruché.)

Background

Map showing the Piedmont region of Italy.

Ruchè is a red-wine grape originating in Italy, around Castagnole Monferrato in Asti, which is in the Piedmont region. (The spelling—meaning the accenting—that we and many others use is based on how the word is pronounced in its native Italian; the version with an acute accent is a French-derived pronunciation used in those areas that are near the French border with Italy.) The grape and its wine still come almost wholly from the Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG (though the Ruchè can legally be cut with as much as 10% of other area reds, most bottlings are monovarietal).

Ruchè wines are generally full-bodied with quite pronounced aromas, typically of roses. They are notably spicy on the palate, low in acid, and heavily tannic (so much so that they can leave a slight bitter aftertaste, a flavor that Italians like). Ruchè ages well; a good vintage can reportedly go 10 to 15 years, though it is also thoroughly enjoyable when young (then playing the role often assigned to Gamay).

Factoid: No one seems to know whence Ruchè. A theory that it was imported from France has now been shot down by DNA analysis, so it seems the grape is probably native to the places it is grown in today (and has been grown since at least the Middle Ages).

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Some Descriptions of Ruchè Wines

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Some Ruchès to Try

(About this list.)

This is yet anothher splendid wine that is hard to find in the U.S. because it’s jusat not widely known. This is what there is of reasonable price and availability, but its a pretty good sampling.


Luca Ferraris “Clàsic” Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” 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



Montalbera “La Tradizione” Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” 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



La Mondianese Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” 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 Ruchè wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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