The white grape variety comes from France, It is one of the numerous descendants of Gouais Blanc (White Heunisch); the second parent is unknown. However, the variety is no longer of any importance, in 2010 no stock was shown (Statistics Kym Anderson ).
The name (Eng. "Great white") is also a synonym for the Gouais Blanc variety itself, as well as for Colombard (Gros Blanc Doux), Elbling. Graisse. Luglienga Bianca. Marocain Noir (Gros Blanc de Ribiers), Melon de Bourgogne. Petoin. Romorantin (Gros Blanc de Villefranche) and Sacy, In addition to the Luglienga Bianca and Marocain Noir varieties, these are also typically direct descendants of Gouais Blanc.