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Meslier Saint-François

The white grape variety comes from France, Synonyms are Annereau, Blanc Ramé, Chalosse de Bordeaux, Gaillac, Gros Meslier, Meslier, Meslier Blanc, Meslier de Seine et Oise, Meslier d'Orléans, Meslier du Gatinais, Meslier du Gers, Meslier Gros, Meslier Jaune, Meslier Vert, Pelegarie and purgarie. Due to apparently indicative synonyms or morphological No similarities with the varieties Petit Meslier (Meslier Vert), Prúeras (Annereau) or Roublot (Meslier) to be confused. There is also no connection with the red variety Meslier Noir, According to in 2013 DNA analysis is a presumably natural cross between Gouais Blanc x Chenin Blanc, By the way, the two varieties are with the same parents Balzac Blanc and Colombard emerged. The Meslier Rose variety with reddish berries is a colored one mutation,

Meslier Saint-François - grape and leaf

A vine called Meslier was first mentioned in 1512 in a document by Saint-Germain-des-Prés near Paris. According to Pierre Galet (1921-2019) she moved from the Seine-et-Marne department 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. It used to be used for the production of the two brandies Armagnac and cognac used. Today the variety is mainly in the Gers and Charente where they grown for the liqueur Pineau des Charentes is allowed. In 2010, 15 hectares with a declining trend were shown (ten years earlier it was 55 hectares).

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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