Baroque B

@ Gilles Cattiau / INRA

This grape variety native to the Adour basin developed after the powdery mildew crisis. It does not belong to a specific family. Its median limb reminds that of Tannat. The origin of these two grape varieties could be identical.

It’s vines have cottony white buds with carmine edging and whole or three-lobed or even five-lobed, wavy adult leaves. It has a closed lyre petiolar sinus, bubbled blade and downy underside. It produces medium clusters with round grapes.

It is a vigorous grape variety, with an upright growth tendency and sensitive to grey rot. Gives fine wines, rich in alcohol, lively, fruity, somewhat reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc.

Baroque exists only in the Landes, the north of the Pyrénées Atlantiques and some vineyards of the Gers. In Chalosse and Tursan, it has replaced the Claverie destroyed by powdery mildew.

Baroque Rs is the form of Baroque Blanc discovered by Guy Lavignac a few years ago. It differs from the previous grape variety only by the color of the grapes, which are rose.

Production area: 56 ha (138 acres in 2018)

@ Gilles Cattiau / INRA