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The red variety comes from France, Synonyms are Perigord Noir and Petit Mérille. The name may derive from "mille graines" (1,000 seeds). Despite seemingly suggestive synonyms, she must not with the varieties Merille or Mondeuse Noire be confused. According to done in 2012 DNA analysis is it from a (probably natural) cross between Négret du Tarn ( Négrette x Gouais blanc emerged. However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see under molecular Genetics ). The vine is unsuitable for dry soil and prone to the real mildew, It produces tannin-stressed, strong red wines. The variety is in the department Tarn-et-Garonne in Southwest France grown and is there in the area lavilledieu authorized. In 2010, however, only one hectare of vineyards were expelled.

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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