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Picardan

The white grape comes from France, Synonyms are Aragnan, Aragnan Blanc, Araignan Blanc, Gallet or Gallet Blanc, Grand Clairette, Milhaud Blanc, Papadoux, Oeillade Blanche and Picardan Blanc. It is not allowed, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms, with the varieties Bourboulenc (Picardan) or Clairette (Oeillade Blanche). For the varieties bouchalès and Cinsault (both synonym Picardan Noir) are not colored mutations (or the other way around). It concerns a possibly already 1554 but surely in the year 1715 mentioned old Rebsorte from the Provence where they come under different names such as Oeillade Blanche and Araignan Blanc and also in the Languedoc was grown quite common. In the 17th and 18th centuries, she was a blending partner in the then popular sweet wine Picardan.

The name Picardan is supposedly derived from the terms "piquer" (stabbing) and "ardent" (burning), which should refer to the taste in the grapes. The medium maturing vine is resistant to drought and drought, It produces white wines with moderate alcohol and (despite the name) acidity. She is mostly in the field Châteauneuf-du-Pape grown and is one of the varieties that may be used in both white and red wines. The variety is threatened with extinction, because in 2010, it occupied only less than one hectare of vineyards. Under Aragnan Blanc she was / was a rarity in the appellation palette,

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

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