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Len de l'El

The white grape variety originates from France. Synonyms are Cavaillè, Cavaillès, Cavalie, Cavalier, Endelel, Kavale, Kaveler, L'Endelel, Len-de-Lel, Len-del-El, Len de l'Elh, Len-del-Lel, Lenc dé l'El, Lendellet and Loin de I'Oeil. The name, which comes from the Occitan language, means "far from the eyes". The grape stems are very long, so that the grapes are "very far from the eyes (buds)". The parentage (parentage) is unknown; according to one hypothesis, it is said to have been grown directly from wild vines. The early to medium ripening, high-yielding vine is susceptible to mites and botrytis. It produces powerful, high-alcohol white wines with aromas of citrus and flowers that are often blended with the Mauzac Blanc, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. The variety was first mentioned in 1842 in the Gaillac area of southwest France, where it is still one of the most important in IGP wines. It occupied one third of the vineyards there before 1870. However, the population was then greatly reduced by the phylloxera disaster. In 2016, 603 hectares of vines were reported (Kym Anderson statistics).

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