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Picardan

The white grape variety comes from France, Synonyms are Aragnan, Aragnan Blanc, Araignan Blanc, Gallet or Gallet Blanc, Grosse Clairette, Milhaud Blanc, Papadoux, Oeillade Blanche and Picardan Blanc. Despite apparently indicative synonyms, it may not be used with the varieties Bourboulenc (Picardan) or Clairette (Oeillade Blanche) can be confused. With the varieties bouchalès and Cinsault (both with the synonym Picardan Noir) it is not a color mutations (or the other way around). It is an old grape variety from the Provence, where they operate under different names such as Oeillade Blanche and Araignan Blanc and also in Languedoc was grown quite widely. In the 17th and 18th centuries, she was a blend partner in the then popular sweet wine Picardan of the same name.

The name Picardan is said to be derived from the terms "piquer" (stab) and "ardent" (burning), which is supposed to 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. It is mainly in the field Châteauneuf-du-Pape grown and is one of the varieties that can be used in both white and red wines. The variety is threatened with extinction, because in 2010 it only occupied less than one hectare of vineyards. Under Aragnan Blanc she is / was a rarity in the appellation palette,

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

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