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The white grape comes from France, The name means "sovereignty" and is derived from the hypothesis that the introduction was made in France by a Savoyard prince. Synonyms are Altesse Blanche, Altesse Verte, Anet, Arin, Fusette, Fusette d'Ambérieu, Fusette de Montagnieu, Marestel, Petit Mâconnais, Plant d'Altesse, Prin Blanc, Roussette, Roussette Basse, Roussette de Montagnieu, Roussette de Seyssel and Roussette Haute. It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Furmint. jacquère. Roussanne. Roussette d'Ayze or Viognier be confused.

Altesse - grape and leaf

The first mention comes from the Savoyard nobleman Marquis Costa de Beauregard in 1774. It is said to originate from the Orient and from the 15th century by Louis of Savoy (1436-1482) Cyprus been introduced, who was also king of this island. However, there is no evidence of an Oriental origin. The Ampelographer Pierre Galet (* 1921) suspected that she was with the Hungarian Furmint could at least be related to what happened in 2009 DNA analysis was refuted. However, there is a close genetic relationship with Chasselas, From a probably natural crossing with Gouais blanc comes from the variety Roussette d'Ayze,

The medium to late ripening vine is prone to both mildews and Botrytis, It produces acidic, fragrant white wines with exotic aromas of violets, honey and almonds with storage potential, which are good for sparkling wines. The variety is mainly in Savoy grown and there often with the varieties Aligoté. Chardonnay. Gringet and jacquère blended. She is in the fields Roussette de Savoie. Seyssel and Vin de Savoie authorized. Smaller stocks are also available in the départements var and Vaucluse in the Provence, The acreage in 2010 was 359 hectares. There is also a small stock in the Swiss Canton Vaud,

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: Ursula Bruehl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)

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