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The red grape variety is a new breed between Jurançon Noir x Portugais Bleu ( Blue Portuguese ). The crossing took place in 1957 in France by Paul Truel on behalf of the INRA in the Domaine de Vassal in Montpellier, The medium maturing vine is sensitive to heat. It has very small berries and produces colorful, tannin-rich, aromatic red wines. The variety is mainly in the southern Département Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence grown. In 2010 were in France 65 hectares of vineyards reported (Statistics Kym Anderson ).

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

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