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The white grape variety (also Roussaou) comes from France. It must not be confused with the Bourboulenc (Roussaou) variety, despite the fact that it seems to have synonyms or morphological similarities. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, it is a presumably natural cross between Chanronge x Gouais Blanc. However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see molecular genetics). However, the variety is no longer significant, no stock was reported in 2010 (statistics Kym Anderson).

But there are many other French grape varieties with the name part Roussette. Etymologically, the name is possibly derived from "rousse" (reddish-brown, foxy), which could refer to the colour of the berries or also to the shoots. With one exception, these are white varieties:

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