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Magdeleine Noire des Charentes

The red grape variety originates from France. Synonyms are Madeleine and Vigne Suliacaise. It was already mentioned in 1847 under the name Madeleine by the French ampelographer P. Raguenaud. The vine was thought to be already extinct when in 2004 an unknown vine was found in an abandoned vineyard in the western French commune of Saint-Suliac on a hill called Mont Garrot near the monastery. Subsequently, another four vines were discovered in the département of Charente, here called Madeleine. Since viticulture in Brittany was abandoned more than 200 years ago, these are very old vines. DNA analyses carried out in 2008 by Dr Jean-Michel Boursiquot and Dr Carole Meredith in Montpellier and University of California (Davis) established that it is an unknown variety of the species Vitis vinifera; however, the exact parentage (parentage) is unknown.

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