The white grape variety (also Alzey S 3962) is a new variety between White Elbling(Elbling) x Muscat Précoce de Saumur according to DNA analyses published in 2012. The maternity of Chasselas, as indicated in the breeding list, has been found to be incorrect. The cross was made in 1927 by Georg Scheu (1879-1949) at the Alzey State Institute (Rheinhessen), plant variety protection was granted in 1969. It was named after Fritz Huxel (1892-1972), the owner of a vine school and winery, who made efforts to cultivate and propagate it.
The early-ripening, very high-yielding vine is resistant to both types of mildew, but sensitive to frost and susceptible to botrytis. It produces acidic white wines with a variety of aromas of apricots, honey, spices and musk. Because of its special aromatic properties, it is also known as a so-called bouquet variety. Due to the sugar-rich berries, it is often used for sweet wines with special attributes. There are stocks in Germany (613 ha) and England (17 ha) with declining tendency. In 2010, a total area under vines of 630 hectares was declared (statistics Kym Anderson).
Pictures: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)