The red grape variety comes from France. Synonyms are Genoillere, Genoilleret, Genoillet, Genouilleret, Genouillet Noir, Genouillet Rouge, Genoyere, Moret Noir and Plant Mercier. It must not be confused with the Mondeuse Noire variety because of morphological similarities. In the past, it was suspected that it might be a descendant of the ancient variety Biturica mentioned by the Roman author Columella (1st century AD), which of course can no longer be verified. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2012, it is the result of a presumably natural cross between Gouais Blanc and Tressot Noir. The variety used to be widespread in central France until the phylloxera catastrophe. It was almost extinct and since 2005, attempts have been made to revive it in the Quincy appellation (Loire). In 2010, however, no stock has yet been recorded (statistics Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012