The red grape variety is a new breed between Tannat x Cabernet Sauvignon. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2007, the breeding list entry Merlot x Petit Verdot was found to be incorrect. The crossing was carried out on behalf of the INRA in 1956 by Pierre Marcel Durquéty (1923-2016) in France with the support of the University of Montpellier. The Ekigaïna variety was also created with the same parents. The late ripening vine is resistant to botrytis. It produces alcohol-rich, deep-dark red wines with mild tannins and herbal aromas. The variety is cultivated in France in Languedoc-Roussillon on 156 hectares. There are further overseas stocks in Argentina (1 ha), Brazil (3 ha) and Uruguay (28 ha). In 2010, a total of 189 hectares of vines were planted (statistics Kym Anderson).
Source: Kym Anderson: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012