The red grape variety (breeding No. INRA 1810-68) is a new breed between Cabernet Sauvignon x Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ). The crossing took place in 1961 in France through the Ampelographen Paul Truel (* 1924) on behalf of the INRA, The variety was first in Marseillan (Department Hérault, Languedoc), from which the name derives. The medium-maturing vine is resistant to the real mildew. Botrytis and Verrieseln as well as against heat. It produces dark-colored, full-bodied red wines with soft tannins and aging potential. She is also called table grape suitable. The variety is in France in the Languedoc and at the Rhone cultivated and occupied here a total of 2,599 hectares. There are more stocks in Bulgaria. Switzerland (2 ha), Spain and Hungary (2 ha), as well as in Argentina (8 ha), Brazil (21 ha), China. California and Uruguay (91 ha). In 2010, a total of 2,721 hectares of vineyards were reported (Statistics Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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