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The white grape variety comes from France, The name means "Highness" and is derived from the hypothesis that the introduction to France was made 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. Despite apparently suggesting synonyms or morphological No similarities with 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 that it comes from the Orient and in the 15th century from Ludwig von Savoyen (1436-1482) Cyprus who was also king of this island. However, there is no evidence of an oriental origin. The ampelograph Pierre Galet (1921-2019) suspected that she was with the Hungarian Furmint could at least be related to what happened through 2009 DNA analysis was refuted. However, there is a close genetic relationship to it Chasselas, From a probably natural cross with Gouais Blanc comes from the variety Roussette d'Ayze,

The medium to late ripening vine is susceptible 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 grown in Savoy grown and there often with the varieties Aligoté. Chardonnay. Gringet and jacquère blended. It is in the fields Roussette de Savoie. Seyssel and Vin de Savoie authorized. There are also smaller stocks in the departments var and Vaucluse in the Provence, The acreage in 2010 was 359 hectares. There is also a small inventory in the Swiss Canton Vaud,

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

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