The white grape variety comes from France. It is named after a community south of Reims in the Champagne region. Synonyms are Aligote Vert, Blanc Vert, Fairene, Farine, Farinier Blanc, Ferne, Fernet, Ferney, Gros Blanc, Menu Blanc, Pivoine, Plant d'Essert, Plant de Sacy, Sassy, Souche, Tresalier, Tres Sailier, Tressailier, Tressalier, Trezaguier, Trezailhi, Trezali, Trezari and Weißklemmer. It must not be confused with the Aligoté, Chardonnay, Gros Blanc or Peurion (Menu Blanc) varieties, despite the fact that synonyms or morphological similarities appear to indicate this. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, it is one of the many natural crosses between White Heunisch(Gouais Blanc) x Pinot. According to an earlier hypothesis, it was introduced from Italy to France as early as the 13th century by Cistercian monks from the Abbey of Reigny in the department of Cher. But this is now refuted by the clarified ancestry.
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