The white grape comes from France, Synonyms are Merlau Blanc, Merlaut Blanc and Merlot Bianco. She was allegedly hunted in 1891 by a winery owner named Guinaudie Southwest France brought. He planted them in the vineyards of his Château de Geneau in Virsac. Due to a similarity with the Merlot she was called Merlot Blanc. By 2009 took place DNA analysis eventually became a cross between Merlot x Fool Blanche detected.
The early ripening vine is well resistant to both mildews, The variety was very popular until the middle of the 20th century; In 1958 it was planted with over 5,000 hectares of vineyards. The stock is extremely shrunken, it is now only in small quantities in the areas Blaye. Côtes de Bourg. Entre-deux-Mers and Graves grown. She is also in the department Charente for the liqueur wine Pineau des Charentes authorized. In 2010, 46 hectares of vineyards were reported (Kym Anderson ).
Pictures: Ursula Bruehl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)