Becuet, vigourous red wine grape which may be the same as France’s Persan.

Where grown | Piemonte Mainly in the Valle di Susa and Pinerolese, the same areas in which the Avana grape (also red) is found. The two are often blended together in the Pinerolese Ramiè DOC (to which Becuet adds colour and structure.

Viticulture | Becuet is sensitive to both powdery and down mildews (oidium and peronospera respectively). It has medium sized bunches and medium-small berries.

Wine style | Very tannic. Light, floral, red-berry aromas and flavors. Late-harvested grapes and small oak barrels may help create a more velvety mouthfeel.

Bibliography

See Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.158