Bourboulenc B
Name of vine variety in France
This variety would appear to be originally from Provence.
In France, this variety can officially be called "Doucillon blanc B" for propagation plant material.
No synonym is officially recognized in the other countries of the European Union.
In France, Bourboulenc B is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties".This variety is likewise listed in the catalogue of Spain.
Wine vine variety
Evolution of area under vines in France
1958 1968 1979 1988 2000 2008 2016
ha 1279 703 373 723 771 661 514
Identification signs include:
- the tip of the young shoots have a very heavy coat of flat-lying hairs, 
- the young leaves are yellow with bronze patches,
- adult leaves are pentagonal with 3 lobes and a petiolar sinus with very overlapping lobes frequently with a tooth on the edge; an elongated central lobe, short teeth compared to width at base, a bubbled leaf blade, dull, wavy between the nerves near the petiolar point and the underside with a moderate coat of flat-lying and upright hairs, 
- elliptical-shaped berries with thick skin.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 131 223 239 182 186 246 240 233 255
Allel 2 131 223 239 186 196 252 248 257 255
Bud burst: 4 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: period III, 4 and 1/2 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
This variety is moderately fertile. It must be short-pruned and managed with sufficient training due to its falling semi-erect growth.  Bourboulenc B is well adapted to drought. Its maturation is slow and it needs to be grown in hot and well exposed terroirs to reach full maturity.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Bourboulenc B is susceptible to powdery mildew but resists well against grey rot. .
Technological potential
the grape clusters are large and the berries are moderate size. Bourboulenc B produces fine wines with low alcohol content and moderately intense in terms of aroma.
Clonal selection in France
The 2 approved Bourboulenc B clones carry the numbers 541 and 1002.
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.
- Ampélographie. P. Viala et V. Vermorel, 1902-1910, Ed. Masson, Paris.
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
541  Vaucluse  ENTAV        
 1978  Languedoc        
Small distribution clones which conforms to the characteristics of the vine variety
1002  Vaucluse  ENTAV        
 1993  Languedoc        
Small distribution clones which conforms to the characteristics of the vine variety