Brachet N
Name of vine variety in France
This variety is specific to Alpes-Maritimes vineyards.
In France, this variety can officially be called "Braquet N" with regard to plant propagation material.
No synonym is officially recognized in other countries of the European Union.
In France, Brachet N is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties".
Wine vine variety
Evolution of area under vines in France
1958 1979 1988 2000 2008 2016
ha 11 18 33 6 11 14
Identification signs include:
- the tip of the young shoot has a heavy coat of flat-lying hairs,
- young leaves are green,
-adult leaves have 7 lobes with an open petiolar sinus with a U-shaped base with overlapping edges; long teeth with straight or convex sides, an absence of anthocyanin pigmentation, bubbled leaf blade, twisted with slightly revolute edges and the underside with a moderate coat of flat-lying and upright hairs,  
- round-shaped berries.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 131 223 239 176 188 252 240 243 237
Allel 2 133 223 249 182 200 260 254 257 255
Bud burst: 3 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: period II, 3 and 1/2 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
This variety must be grown in hot, dry and not very fertile terroirs. It needs to be short-pruned and sufficiently trained.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Brachet N is very susceptible to grey rot.
Technological potential
Grape clusters are large and the berries are moderate in size. Brachet N wines are generally well appreciated, fine and aromatic. their color however is oftentimes insufficient and for this reason yields must be limited to avoid this inconvenience.
Clonal selection in France
There are no approved clones for this variety at the present time. Surveys have recently been carried out in vineyards in  Bellet (Alpes-Maritimes).
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.