Pinot blanc

Origin:

Probably a very old mutation of Pinot noir.

Synonyms:

Blanc de Champagne, Pinot Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco,  Weißer Burgunder, Weißburgunder

Requirements to the vineyard site:

They could be called medium, a bit lower than Pinot noir and Pinot gris.

Spread:

In Germany it is planted in every wine growing region, but most in Baden, Pfalz, Rheinhessen, Nahe and the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer.

There are also big plantings in France, where it could be found in many Champagne Cuvees. And of course in Burgundy where it is used in most of the Appellations.

Clones:

The differences between the clones are far not that big as for example with Pinot noir. For the moment the big aims of the clonal selection are to get loose bunched clones with small or mixed size berries.

Pinot noir is often a very productive variety, so some selections are also made to reduce the yield.

 

FR 70

This clone and D 209 are the so called "Standard clones" which are planted in most cases. It has a good procutivity. The berries will start getting yellow when they are ripe

 

D 209

This clone is very similar to FR 70. But it is the more greenish typ. This means the berries will stay longer green, even when the are ripe. But the sugar content is more or less the same as the one from FR 70.

 

FR 74

This clone is in our clonal trials similar to clone FR 70. In long term evaluations of the Selector (Weinbauinstitut Freiburg) it has a slightly higher sugar content with minimal loss of productivity.

90 Gm

Clone 90 Gm is a clone from Geisenheim. It was collected in Baden with the aim to get loose bunches. A slight tendency to looser grapes is therefore noticeable especially when grafted on strong rootstocks..

 

N 81

The N 81 is an older clone in Germany. He is experiencing a certain renaissance at the moment, as he is sometimes described as slightly having loose bunches.

 

FR 2101

This is a recent clone of the Weinbauinstitut in Freiburg. Loose bunches paired with good wine quality was also here the breeding goal. Partly you can see that.

 

1 Gm

This is a relatively new clone from Geisenheim.

Good yields and more loose bunches are often present here.