The white grape variety comes from France. Synonyms are Gros Mansenc, Gros Manseng Blanc, Manseng Gros Blanc ( France ); Izkiriot Haundi, Iskiriota Zuri Handia ( Spain ). The very old variety was first mentioned in Jurançon in 1562 by a wine called "vinhe mansengue", but only in 1783 does a text appear between the two varieties Petit Manseng (with small berries) and Gros Manseng (with large berries) distinguished. Already Pierre Galet (* 1921) had 1990 large morphological Similarities between the two varieties are noted. Performed in 2011 DNA analysis revealed that Gros Manseng is a direct descendant of Petit Manseng and thus a "grandson" of Savagnin Blanc ( Traminer ) is. There is no relationship to the red Manseng Noir, Gros Manseng was a crossbred partner in the new breed Heranecot,
The late-ripening vine is prone to real mildew, but resistant to Botrytis, It produces spicy, acid white wines with aromas of citrus and apricot and bitter Aftertaste. The variety occupies in Southwest France 2,959 hectares of vineyards. She is in the fields Béarn. Floc de Gascogne. Côtes de Gascogne. Irouléguy. Jurançon and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, It is in northern Spain above the near border Basque country in the fields of Chacolí de Alava and Chacolí de Vizcaya authorized. There are also small stocks in Brazil (1) and Uruguay, In 2010, a total of 2,960 hectares were reported (Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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