ON THE SPOT - Alicante Badass - Olivier Coste

by Marcello Muiesan

Bred by Henri Bouschet in 1966, Alicante Bouschet is a crossing of Grenache and Petit Bouschet, which was itself a crossing of Teinturier du Cher with Aramon, produced earlier by his father.

Alicante Bouschet spread rapidly through the South of France from 1885 and made the fortunes of many local winemakers which they were using it to color local and foreign bad wine.

It was also planted in South West (including Bordeaux), Burgundy and the Loire Valley.

Alicante Bouschet can be found too in Spain, where is called Garnacha Tintorera, Portugal, southern and central Italy, California, Israel, North Africa, and Chile, where is usually blended with Cabernet Sauvignon.

Nowadays is in decline everywhere in France and almost extinct in many other places. 

Olivier Coste is one of the few that are still growing it with excellent results, consistent quality, and amazing value for money.

The Alicante Badass is made 100% with Alicante Bouschet and produced in 10000 bottles a year.

Ruby red in color has a very intense and fresh with notes of red fruit and black pepper with a medium body, soft tannins, and a very pleasant finish.

Olivier Coste produces his wines adopting sustainable and organic farming, reducing the use of chemical herbicides or pesticides, using mechanical tools and pheromones instead.

Biodiversity is a must for Olivier Coste and every year he plants trees to preserve and maintain the wilderness of his region.

To help preserve the planet and fight climate change, he offsets 100% of carbon emissions generated by financing green projects.

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