The red grape variety is a new breed between Morrastel ( Graciano ) x Petit Bouschet, Synonyms are Garnacho, Gros Morrastel and Morrastel Bouschet à Gros Grains. Despite apparently indicative synonyms or morphological It must not be similar to the varieties Garnacha Graciano Grand Noir or Morrastel à Sarments Érigés (same parents). The cross was made in 1855 by Henri Bouschet in Mauguioi. The early ripening vine is very susceptible to the wrong people mildew, It produces bright red wines and was therefore also used as a teinturier (Dye grape) used. The variety was particularly popular in Languedoc-Roussillon in the departments Aude and Hérault grown in large quantities and almost completely displaced the Graciano. The Morrastel Bouschet lasted for a very long time, only from the early 1980s was it heavily cleared due to EU regulations. In 2008, only seven hectares were recorded.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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