Gros Manseng B

@ Gilles Cattiau / INRA

Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng are two different types of the same grape variety, although the ampelographer Lapparent (in Viala and Vermoule, 1910) only deals with Petit Manseng.

This white grape variety, native to the Pyrenean foothills, is cultivated on more than 3,000 ha (7 500 acres) in the southwest of France where it mainly produces dry whites in Jurançon, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh and Tusan. It is also used in Saint Mont and Gascony where it brings to dry white wines its exotic fruit aromas and freshness. Additional aromas are of apricot, quince, spices, floral touches…

Gros Manseng vines have white cottony bud with very green adult leaves, barely trilobed, with little marked lateral sinuses and U-shaped petiole sinus with overlapping edges. its Medium to small grape bunches are resistant to grey rot.

Production area: 3,483 ha (8,607 acres)

@ Gilles Cattiau / INRA