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The white grape variety comes from France. Synonyms are Albane, Arbane Blanc, Arbanne, Arbanne Blanche, Arbenne, Arbenne Blanc, Arbone, Crène, Crénillat and Darbanne. The parentage (parenthood) is unknown. There is also no information about a possible genetic relationship to the varieties Arbane Noir and Arbane Rouge. The medium to late ripening, low-yielding vine is susceptible to downy mildew. The first mention of the vine is said to have been in 1388 under the name Albane in the department of Aube in Champagne. However, the first reliable mention was not made until 1801 by the chemist Jean-Antoine Chaptal (1756-1832). Like Petit Meslier, this variety is approved for champagne for historical reasons. In 2016, however, only 1.5 hectares of vineyard area was designated (statistics Kym Anderson).

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