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Ravat Blanc

The white grape variety (also Ravat 6, Ravat Chardonnay 6) is an interspecific new variety between Seibel 5474 x Chardonnay. It contains genes from Vitis labrusca, Vitis lincecumii, Vitis riparia, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera. The hybrid was crossed in France by Jean François Ravat (+1940) in the early 1930s. The medium ripening vine with slightly pink berries is resistant to downy mildew, but very susceptible to powdery mildew and botrytis. It produces fairly simple white wines that tend to oxidise. At the end of the 1950s, it still occupied some 600 hectares of vineyards in the central eastern part of France. Today it is grown in tiny quantities in the Burgundy and Loire regions. In 2016, only six hectares of vineyards were designated (Kym Anderson)

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