Poulsard

Poulsard is a red-skinned French grape variety that is a specialty of Arbois in northern Jura. Thin skins and pale coloring are the most obvious traits of Poulsard, while delicate perfumes are a lesser-known quality. Red wines produced from Poulsard may be so lacking in color that they are mistaken as rosé, and indeed white wine (Blanc de Noir) can be made from it by limiting skin contact.

Poulsard buds early and is at serious risk from spring frosts, especially because its skin is thin. Long ferments are typically used in production to draw out as much flavor as possible. It is often blended with Gamay, Pinot Noir and Trousseau.

Poulsard is an interesting variety in that it is used to make white, rosé, red and sparkling wines. The most common incarnation of the variety is red skinned, but white, pink and black musqué mutations have been documented.

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