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Pinot Liébault

The red grape variety originates from France; synonyms are Pinot Liébaut and Plant Liébault. It is a clonal mutant of Pinot Noir. The DNA profile is identical, but there are small morphological differences. It belongs to the group of Pinot varieties. According to the ampelographer Pierre Galet (1921-2019), it was discovered in 1810 by the eponymous A. Liébault in Gevrey in Burgundy and selected by Eugène Liébault (descendants are now owned by Domaine Tortochot in Gevrey-Chambertin). The vine produces higher yields than Pinot Noir, but is more prone to trickling. The other characteristics are essentially identical, and there is no difference in the quality of the wine. In Burgundy, the variety is permitted in almost all appellations. However, it is not recorded separately in the statistics; in 2016, no stocks were reported under this name (Kym Anderson).

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