The red grape variety comes from France. Synonyms grouped alphabetically by country are Courbu Rouge, Mansenc Noir, Noir du Pays ( France ); Espadeiro Mole, Espadeiro Molle, Padeiro Tinto, Vinhão Mole ( Portugal ); Caíño do Freixo, Ferrol, Ferrón ( Spain ). Despite apparently indicative synonyms or morphological It must not be similar to the varieties arrouya noir. Courbu Noir (Noir du Pays) or Espadeiro be confused. According to 2007 DNA analysis there is one Parent-offspring relationship to the variety Tannat, as well as family relationships to the varieties Baroque. Courbu Blanc. Lauzet and Petit Courbu, However, there are no family relationships to the varieties Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng,
The medium to late ripening vine is resistant to the wrong people mildew, It produces dark-colored, tannic and acidic red wines with aging potential. The variety was first grown in 1783 Basque country mentioned where it was once widespread. But today it is in France on only 4 hectares in the fields Béarn and Irouléguy grown. There are further stocks in Portugal (22 ha), Spain (6 ha) and also overseas in Argentina (29 ha). In 2010 a total of 60 hectares of vineyards were shown Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images: Pl @ ntGrape, INRA - IFV - Montpellier SupAgro 2009-2011