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 seemingly indicative synonyms or morphological She may not share similarities with the varieties arrouya noir. Courbu Noir (Noir du Pays) or Espadeiro be confused. According to 2007 occurred DNA analysis exists 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 falseness mildew, It produces dark-colored, tannin and acid-rich red wines with aging potential. The variety was first introduced in 1783 Basque country mentions where it used to be. But today it will be in France on only 4 hectares in areas Béarn and Irouléguy grown. Other stocks are in Portugal (22 ha), Spain (6 ha) and also overseas Argentina (29 ha). In 2010, a total of 60 hectares of vineyards were reported (Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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