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The red grape variety is a new breed between Tannat x Cabernet Sauvignon. According to the last DNA analyses carried out in 2013, the breeding list information Merlot x Petit Verdot was found to be incorrect. The cross was made by order of the INRA in 1956 by Pierre Marcel Durquéty (1923-2016) in France with the support of the University of Montpellier. The Ekigaïna variety was also created with the same parents. The late ripening vine is resistant to botrytis. It produces alcohol-rich, deep-dark red wines with mild tannins and herbal aromas. The variety is cultivated in France in the Languedoc-Roussillon region on 145 hectares. Other stocks are found in Switzerland (1 ha), and overseas in Argentina (1 ha), Brazil (2 ha), Chile (2 ha), Canada (289 ha) and Uruguay (45 ha). In 2016, a total of 486 hectares of vineyard area were declared with a strong upward trend (statistics Kym Anderson).

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