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Meslier Saint-François

The white grape comes from France, Synonyms include Annereau, Blanc Ramé, Chalosse de Bordeaux, Gaillac, Gros Meslier, Meslier, Meslier Blanc, Meslier de Seine et Oise, Meslier d'Orleans, Meslier du Gatinais, Meslier du Gers, Meslier Gros, Meslier Jaune, Meslier Vert, Pelegarie and Purgarie. It may be based on apparently suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Petit Meslier (Meslier Vert), Prúeras (Annereau) or Roublot (Meslier) be confused. There is also no connection with the red variety Meslier Noir, According to done in 2013 DNA analysis it is a presumably natural cross between Gouais blanc x Chenin Blanc, By the way, the two parents are the same parents Balzac Blanc and Colombard emerged. The variety Meslier Rose with reddish berries is a color mutation,

Meslier Saint-François - grape and leaf

A vine called Meslier was first mentioned in 1512 in a document of the abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés near Paris. In the opinion of Pierre Galet (* 1921), she has the Department of Seine-et-Marne in the north to the Loire, to Burgundy, in the Champagne and Southwest France common. The medium-ripening vine is susceptible to Botrytis and bunch rot, It produces low-alcohol neutral white wines. She was also used to the production of the two brandies Armagnac and cognac used. Today, the variety is mainly in the Gers and Départements Charente grown where they are for the liqueur Pineau des Charentes is allowed. In 2010, 15 hectares were declining (10 years ago there were 55 hectares left).

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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