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Aubin Blanc grapes

by | Jan 4, 2018

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Aubin Blanc is a white wine grape variety from the upper reaches of Moselle valley in the eastern part of France.

Aubin Blanc grapes

It is known as a Lorraine specialty since it is only found blended in wines from the Cotes de Toul appellation in Lorraine region.

Aubin Blanc is described to as similar to some other varieties like Albin Blanc, Aubain or Moselle, Aubier or Joinville and Poissons in the Vallee de la Marne, Aubin, Blanc de Creue or Meuse, Blanc de Magny as well as Gros Vert de Crenay.

Wines with Aubin Blanc grapes

Origin

The Aubin Blanc is old variety from the Lorraine region, previously cultivated in Moselle and was first mentioned during the parliament ruling at Metz in August 1722.

The name Aubin came from the Latin word albanus which means “whitish” and the plural form Aubins is referred not only to Aubin Blanc but also to Aubin Vert which was first recorded in 1829.

Based from the DNA parentage evaluation, Aubin Blanc is a natural cross between Gouais Blanc and Savagnin, which shows that the grape variety is a sibling of Petit Meslier and Rauschling and Aubin Vert’s half sibling.

Characteristics of Aubin Blanc

The Aubin Blanc produces small berries, which is acknowledged as very early budding and late ripening, as a result; this variety is at risk from spring frosts.

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Characteristics of Aubin Blanc Wines

Aubin Blanc is an extraordinary grape variety covering less than a hectare in France. It is absolutely recommended in some departments like Meurthe-Moselle, Meuse and Moselle and also in the Cotes de Toul appellation located in the west of Nancy in Lorraine.

Wines made from this old yet extraordinary grape variety are not specifically aromatic having average level of acidity.

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