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The red grape variety (also Prunelart) comes from France, The parentage is unknown. It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Béquignol Noir (Prunelard) Cot (of which she is a parent), Bobal (Prunelar) or Cinsault (Prunelat) are confused. About a possible relationship to the white species Bouysselet (Prunelard Blanc) nothing is known. With the variety Merille exists one Parent-offspring relationship, The variety was already described in the 16th century by the agronomist Olivier de Serres (1539-1619). The medium-maturing vine is prone to mites and resistant to Botrytis, The name derives from the dialect word "prunèl" for "plum" due to the shape and color of the berries. It produces dark-colored, alcohol-rich, spicy red wines with aromas of ripe plums and aging potential. The variety was once in Southwest France widespread. In the 1970s, she was almost extinct, after a reactivation, she occupied in 2010 in the Tarn again 20 acres.

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

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