The white grape variety originates from France. The name means "highness" and derives from the hypothesis that it was introduced into France by a Savoyard prince. Synonyms are Altesse Blanche, Altesse Verte, Anet, Arin, Fusette, Fusette d'Ambérieu, Fusette de Montagnieu, Ignam, Ignan Blanc, Mâconnais, Marestel, Petit Mâconnais, Plant d'Altesse, Prin Blanc, Roussette, Roussette Basse, Roussette de Montagnieu, Roussette de Seyssel, Roussette Grosse, Roussette Haute, Roussette Petite and Serène Blanche. It must not be confused with the Furmint, Jacquère, Roussanne, Roussette d'Ayze or Viognier varieties, despite the synonyms or morphological similarities that seem to indicate it.
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