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Menu Pineau

The white grape variety comes from France, Synonyms are Arbois Blanc (second main name), Herbois, Menu, Menu Pineau de Vouvray, Menu Pinot, Orboe, Orbois, Orboue, Petit Pineau, Pinot Verdet and Verdet. Despite apparently suggesting synonyms or morphological No similarities with the varieties Chenin Blanc (Gros Pineau), Petit Meslier (Orbois) or Riesling be confused. According to in 2013 DNA analysis it is one of the numerous direct descendants of the variety Gouais Blanc (White Heunisch); the second parent is unknown. It is said that it was mentioned in 1530 by the well-known Franciscan monk François Rabelais (1494-1553). The Arbois Rose variety is a color mutation,

Menu Pineau (Arbois Blanc) - grape and leaf

The medium-ripening vine is easily susceptible to Botrytis and well suited for cool, climatic conditions. It produces rustic, spicy white wines with a moderate acidity and apple aroma. Despite the synonym Arbois Blanc, it does not come from the area Arbois in the law, but will be at the Loire grown. There she is in the appellations Cheverny. Touraine and Valençay approved and is often used with the varieties Chardonnay. Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc blended. In 2010, 205 hectares of vineyards were shown in France with a declining tendency - ten years earlier it was 380 hectares (Statistics Anderson ).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)

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