The red grape variety (breeding number INRA 1810-68) is a new breed between Cabernet Sauvignon x Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ). The crossing took place in 1961 France by the ampelographer Paul Truel (* 1924) on behalf of INRA, The variety was first grown in Marseillan (department Hérault, Languedoc), from which the name is derived. The medium-late ripening vine is resistant to real ones mildew. Botrytis and Verrieseln as well as against heat. It produces dark-colored, full-bodied red wines with soft tannins and aging potential. It is also as table grape suitable. The variety is grown in France Languedoc and at the Rhone grown and occupies a total of 2,599 hectares here. There are further 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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