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Mollard

The red grape variety originates from France; the name derives from the soft berries. Synonyms are Boissier, Molar, Molard, Molard Noir, Mollar, Mollard Noir, Petit Mollar and Tallardier. Despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities, it should not be confused with the Mazuelo (Mollard) or Negramoll (Molar) varieties. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, it is a direct descendant of Gouais Blanc. Mollard is a traditional variety in the Haut-Alpes department of southeastern France. The hypothesis put forward by the ampelographer Victor Pulliat (1827-1896) that it was introduced to France in 1780 by a Marquis de Brassier from Andalusia in Spain is probably based on a confusion with the Negramoll variety. The medium ripening vine is susceptible to powdery and downy mildew. It yields red wines with a strong color. In 2016, 23 hectares of vines were designated in France (Kym Anderson). In California, it was discovered in an old vineyard in the Sonoma County area.

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