The red grape variety comes from France. Synonyms are Bachet, Bachey, François Noir, François Noir de Bar-Sur-Aube and Gris Bachet. It must not be confused with its ampelographically similar sibling Beaunoir. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, it is one of the many natural crosses between Gouais Blanc x Pinot. The early-ripening vine is susceptible to chlorosis, both types of mildew and botrytis, sensitive to drought but resistant to winter frost. It produces red wines rich in alcohol and acidity. The endangered variety is cultivated in the Aube department in the south of Champagne. However, no stock was recorded in 2010 (statistics Kym Anderson).