Francusa and Grasa are two indigenous grapes that are almost exclusively grown in Cotnari and in the case of Francusa, only found in this appellation. At respectively 360 and 570 ha of grown vineyards, they are perhaps among the world’s least cultivated grapes.
Francusa dates back at least 500 years and it is not related to other known grapes cultivated today. It is a late maturing and thin-skinned grape that grows in tight bunches. It distinguishes itself with high acidity, fruity aromas of lemon and apple along with nutty flavors. It blends well with Grasa, which offers a distinct bouquet of apricot, walnut and almond, high alcohol content and low acidity. Feteasca Alba adds aromatics and body that enhance this delicate wine.
The grapes are hand-picked, hand-sorted, and then macerated before the majority is fermented in stainless steel tanks while a portion is fermented or later matured in new French Cadus oak barrels.
Cuvée Grande is at its prime just now and pairs wonderfully with seafood, poultry and soft cheeses such as Camembert.