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Menu Pineau

The white grape comes from France, Synonyms are Arbois Blanc (second main name), Herbois, Menu, Menu Pineau de Vouvray, Menu Pinot, Orbo, Orbois, Orboue, Petit Pineau, Pinot Verdet and Verdet. It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Chenin Blanc (Gros Pineau), Petit Meslier (Orbois) or Riesling be confused. According to done in 2013 DNA analysis it is one of the many direct descendants of the variety Gouais blanc (White Heunisch); the second parent is unknown. It was allegedly mentioned as early as 1530 by the famous Franciscan monk François Rabelais (1494-1553). The variety Arbois Rose is a color mutation,

Menu Pineau (Arbois Blanc) - grape and leaf

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

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

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