The red grape variety is a new breed between Jurançon Noir x Portugais Bleu(Blue Portuguese). The crossing was made in France in 1957 by Paul Truel (1924-2014) on behalf of the INRA at the Domaine de Vassal in Montpellier. The medium maturing vine is sensitive to heat. It has very small berries and produces colourful, tannin-rich, aromatic red wines. The variety is mainly cultivated in the southern département of Bouches-du-Rhône in Provence. In 2010, 65 hectares of vineyards were designated in France (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012