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Petit Manseng

The white grape variety comes from France. Synonyms are Escriberou, Mansein Blanc, Manseing, Mansenc Blanc, Mansenc Grisroux, Manseng Blanc, Manseng Petit Blanc, Mansengou, Mansic, Mansin, Mausec, Miot (France); Ichiriota Zuria Tipia, Izkiriot Ttipi, Iskiriota Zuri Tipia,(Spain). The very old variety was first mentioned in 1562 in the Jurançon by a wine, namely "vinhe mansengue", but it is only in 1783 that a text distinguishes between the two varieties Petit Manseng (with small berries) and Gros Manseng (with large berries). Already in 1990, the French ampelographer Pierre Galet (1921-2019) had noted great morphological similarities between the two varieties. In 2011, DNA analyses were carried out and revealed the direct progeny of the Petit Manseng variety from Savagnin Blanc (Traminer) and the Gros Manseng variety from Petit Manseng. However, there is no genetic relationship to the red variety Manseng Noir.

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