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Gros Manseng

The white grape 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, namely "vinhe mansengue", but it was not until 1783 that a text between the two varieties Petit Manseng (with small berries) and Gros Manseng (with large berries) distinguished. Pierre already Galet (1921-2019) had great in 1990 morphological Similarities were found between the two varieties. Carried out in 2011 DNA analysis revealed that Gros Manseng was a direct descendant of Petit Manseng and thus a "grandson" of Savagnin Blanc ( Traminer ) is. However, there is no relationship with the red one Manseng Noir, Gros Manseng was a crossing partner in the new breeding Heranecot,

Gros Manseng - grape and leaf

The late ripening vine is susceptible to real ones mildew but resistant to Botrytis, It produces spicy, acidic white wines with aromas of citrus and apricots and bitter Aftertaste. The variety occupies 2,959 hectares of vineyards in south-western France. It is in the fields Béarn. Floc de Gascogne. Cotes de Gascogne. Irouléguy. Jurançon and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, It is in northern Spain across the 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 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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