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The red grape variety comes from France, Synonyms are Aubet, Bouchalès à Buzet, Bouchalès Chedy, Bouchalets, Bouiss a let, Capbreton Rouge, Cayla, Gros Bouchalès, Gros Boucharès, Gros de Judith, Grappu, Grappu de la Dordogne, Grapput, Picardan Noir, Prolongeau, Toussan, Touzan. Despite apparently indicative synonyms or morphological It must not be similar to the varieties Cinsault (Picardan Noir), Cot or Merille (the latter two are confused with the confusing synonym Bouchalès). It is not one mutation of the white variety Arrufiac (Synonym Bouiss e let). The variety is a parent of Raffiat de Moncade,

Bouchalès - grape and leaf

The medium to late ripening vine is susceptible to both mildews and black rot, It produces vivid red wines with distinctive tannins but little alcohol. The origin probably lies in the valley of the Garonne, It was once in Southwest France and in Bordeaux widespread and still occupied around 5,000 hectares of vineyards in the early 1960s. Today the stock has shrunk considerably due to the difficult maintenance. In 2010, only 95 hectares were designated (cym Anderson ).

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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