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The red grape variety originates from France. Synonyms are Dameret Noir, Durbec, Foirard Noir, Gros Bec and Valais Noir. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, it comes from a probable cross between Pinot x Gouais Blanc. It should not be confused with the Dameret variety (also a Gouais Blanc descendant). This early-maturing, high-yielding vine is susceptible to both types of mildew. It yields rich red wines with a Pinot Noir/Gamay aroma. The variety is grown in small quantities in northeastern France in the Aube, Jura and Haute-Marne departments. However, no stocks were reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson statistics)

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