The red grape variety comes from France, Synonyms are Gauget Noir, Gouge Noir, Gouget, Goujet, Lyonnais, Nérou, Neyran, Neyrou. Despite apparently suggesting synonyms or morphological No similarities with the varieties Gamay or Pinot Noir be confused. According to DNA analysis it is probably a direct descendant of the variety Gouais Blanc; the second parent is unknown. The early ripening vine is very susceptible to Botrytis, It produces light-colored, acid-stressed red wines. It was first mentioned in 1843 as a variety of the Allier and Cher departments, where it was widespread in the middle of the 19th century with several thousand hectares. After phylloxera disaster it was increasingly replaced by Gamay from the end of the 19th century. At the beginning of the 1960s, it still occupied over 700 hectares of vineyards, but by 2010 this stock had shrunk to just 10 hectares.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012