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The red grape variety is a new cross between Jurançon Noir x Portugais Bleu (Blue Portugieser). The cross was made in France in 1957 by Paul Truel (1924-2014) on behalf of INRA at the Domaine de Vassal near Montpellier. The medium ripening 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 department of Bouches-du-Rhône in Provence. In 20160, 61 hectares of vines were reported in France (Kym Anderson statistics).

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