The red variety is a new breed between Morrastel ( Graciano x Petit Bouschet, Synonyms are Garnacho, Gros Morrastel and Morrastel Bouschet à Gros Grains. Despite seemingly indicative synonyms or morphological She may not share similarities with the varieties Garnacha, Graciano, Grand Noir or Morrastel à Sarments Érigés (same parents). The crossing took place in 1855 by Henri Bouschet in Mauguioi. The early ripening vine is very prone to fake mildew, It produces colorful red wines and was therefore also as teinturier (Dye grape) used. The variety was especially in the Languedoc-Roussillon in the départements Aude and Hérault grown in large quantities and almost completely supplanted the Graciano. The Morrastel Bouschet was very long, only from the early 1980s, it was 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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