César is an ancient red wine grape from northern Burgundy. It makes dark, tannic wines that are softened by blending with Pinot Noir and sometimes by carbonic maceration. It was popular in the 19th century, but it has now been largely replaced by Pinot Noir.

There are small plantings of a "César" grape in Chile and Argentina, but they appear to be a different variety.


Also called: Céear, Céelar, Célar, Gros Monsieur, Gros Noir, Picargneau, Picargniol, Picargniot, Picarniau, Picorneau, Romain, Romano, Ronçain, César Noir, Hureau, Lombard
Origin: France
Major regions: northern Burgundy
Notable wines: Bourgogne-Irancy