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Calitor Noir

This red grape variety comes from France. The name derives from "col" (grape stalk) and "tor" (twisted) and refers to the strongly twisted stalk. Synonyms include Assadoule Bouvier, Binxeilla, Bouteillan, Brachet, Brachetto, Canseron, Cayau, Charge Mulet, Colitor, Col Tor, Coulitor, Coy Tor, Dameron des Vosges, Foirard, Foirat, Fouiraire, Fouiral, Fouirassan, Garriga, Pécoui Touar, Pécoui Tovar, Picpoul de Fronton and Ramonen. Despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities, it must not be confused with the varieties Bouteillan Noir (Fouiral), Brachetto del Piemonte (Calitor), Braquet Noir, Jurançon No ir or Piquepoul No ir. Two colour mutations are Calitor Blanc and Calitor Gris. The variety was mentioned in 1600 by the agronomist Olivier de Serres (1539-1619) under Colitor. The late-ripening vine is resistant to powdery mildew, but susceptible to downy mildew and botrytis. It yields light-coloured, low-acid and low-alcohol red wines. The variety used to be widespread in France on the southern Rhône and in Provence. However, the population has shrunk considerably. In 2016, only 26 hectares of vines were planted (Kym Anderson).

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