Bouchalès N
Name of vine variety in France
This variety would appear to from the Garonne valley area.
No synonym is officialy recognized in France, nor in the other countries of the European Union.
In France, Bouchalès N is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties".
Wine vine variety.
Evolution of area under vines in France
1958 1968 1979 1988 2000 2008 2016
ha 4972 4442 1383 487 212 149 63
Identification signs include:
- the tip of the young shoot has a very heavy coat if flat-lying hairs,
- adult leaves are dark green, large, whole with 3 or 5 lobes and a slightly open to closed petiolar sinus, teeth with convex sides, twisted leaf blade, bubbled and slightly cupped and the underside with a moderate to heavy coat of flat-lying hairs,  
- round-shaped berries.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 131 223 249 176 188 252 238 233 239
Allel 2 131 238 253 186 200 252 240 247 251
Bud burst: 1 day after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: period II, 3 and 1/2 to 4 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Bouchalès N is an abundant and very vigorous variety. High and steady production. It is considered to be sensitive to wind which may cause substantial breakages of shoots.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
This variety appears not be very sensitive to downy and powdery mildew. On the other hand, it is rather susceptible to black rot.
Technological potential
The grape clusters are large and the berries are moderate size. This variety is very productive and produces not very colorful wines with low alcohol degrees, generally light and rather ordinary wines.
Clonal selection in France
The only approved Bouchalès N clone carries the number 406.
Bibliographic references
- Catalogue des variétés et clones de vigne cultivés en France. Collectif, 2007, Ed. IFV, Le Grau-du-Roi.
- Documentation interne du Domaine de Vassal. 1949-2011, INRA, Marseillan-plage.
- Cépages et vignobles de France, tome 2. P. Galet, 1990, Ed. Dehan, Montpellier.
Description of clones approved in France
Identity and availability Agronomic data Technical data
Clone number Origin Selection Fertility Production level Sugar content Potential color
Year approved Agronomic references Weight of grape clusters Vigor Total acidity Tannic structure
Growing surface area Size of berries Sensitivity to Botrytis Aromatic intensity Oenological aptitudes
406  Lot-et-Garonne  ENTAV        
 1976  Languedoc        
This clone has demonstrated that it conforms to characteristics of the vine variety in the Vassal collection.