Famous for making amazing brandies in France and for its white wines of Loire Valley, it is sometime used as a varietal wine but more commonly used in blends.
Colour: Greenish-white berries.
Frequency: 4000 ha worldwide.
Synonym(s): France “Rochelle blanc”, “Gros Plants” (Nantes), “Enrageat” (Gironde), “Piquepoul” or “Picpoul” (Gers).
Origin: Charentes (France) since the middle Age.
Maturity: 2nd period.
Sensitivity to diseases: Fairly sensitive to downy mildew, black rot, and very sensitive to grey rot.
France→ Charentes, Gironde (Bordeaux), Loire Valley.
Worldwide→ California, Argentina, South Africa.
Type of Wines [ Profile ] –
Dry white wines low in alcohol high in acidity.
It has been used to make some exceptional brandies.
Facts and tips:
- Cultivation of this grape has decreased since the phylloxera crisis.