The grape variety comes from France. Synonyms are Chardonnay, Chardonnay Rosa, Chasselas Roz, Piros Burgundi, Piros Chardonnay and Rosa Chardonnay (the latter name is valid in Germany for wine law reasons, because the name Rose is reserved for the type of wine). It is a color mutation of the white variety Chardonnay, but it could also be the other way around. The base variety is in any case due to a presumably natural cross between Gouais Blanc x Pinot emerged. In Germany was in Geisenheim made a selection and in 2014 the Plant variety protection requested. ANTES Weinbau & Rebenveredlung GbR in Heppenheim (Hesse) created a propagation vineyard in 2011 on the "Wine and Stone Adventure Path" and from there numerous other test facilities Germany delivered.
After the experience in Germany the vine is less susceptible to Putrefaction and can therefore be harvested up to two weeks later than the white variety. Despite the reddish berries, it produces a white wine with a Chardonnay taste reminiscent of tropical fruits, but it is a fuller and is described more complex. The variety is also excellent for the production of sparkling wines.
In 2018, the variety was also added to the catalog of French grape varieties. At the request of the Champagne Wine Association, the INAO Experiments and analytical tests made to check their suitability for viticulture. Resistance to the effects of the Climate change and suspected of pests.
In addition to the test facilities in Germany, the rare variety also comes in small quantities in the two French regions Burgundy and Champagne, as well as in the Italian region Veneto in front. In 2010, however, no stocks were reported (Statistics Kym Anderson ).
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