The white grape variety comes from France, Synonyms are Merlau Blanc, Merlaut Blanc and Merlot Bianco. Allegedly, it was 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. Because of a similarity to that Merlot it was called Merlot Blanc. Through 2009 DNA analysis finally became a cross between Merlot x Folle Blanche detected.
The early ripening vine is resistant to both mildews, The variety was very popular until the middle of the 20th century; In 1958, more than 5,000 hectares of vines were planted. However, the stock has shrunk extremely, today it is only in small quantities in the areas Blaye. Cotes de Bourg. Entre-deux-Mers and Graves grown. It is also in the department Charente for for the liqueur wine Pineau des Charentes authorized. In 2010, 46 hectares of vineyards were shown (Kym Anderson ).
Images: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)