Brun argenté N
Name of vine variety in France
Brun argenté
This variety is originally from the south east of France.
In France, this variety may be called "Vaccarèse N" for plant propagation material.
No synonym is officially recognized in the other countries of the European Union.
In France, Brun argenté 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 70 55 44 34 11 10 11
Identification signs include:
- the tip of the young shoot has a slight coat of flat-lying hairs,
- the young leaves are green with bronze patches,
- adult leaves are 5 lobed with a slightly open petiolar sinus, long teeth compared to width at base, striaght or convex sides, absence of or very slight anthocyanin pigmentation of veins and the underside with a moderate to heavy coat of upright hairs, 
- round-shaped berries.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 131 223 243 176 188 248 238 247 239
Allel 2 141 223 249 178 200 256 266 267 249
Bud burst: 10 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: period III, 4 and 1/2 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Brun argenté N is a late harvest variety which must be short-pruned. Preference should be given to planting this variety in rather poor, hot and well exposed terroirs.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Brun argenté N is very susceptible to grey rot.
Technological potential
Grape clusters and berries are very large. Brun argenté N produces not very colorful wines with low degree of alcohol.
Clonal selection in France
The only approved Brun argenté N clone carries the number 1164. A conservatry of a dozen clones was set up in 2001 in the Côtes du Rhône. Selection work is underway in this conservatory.
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
1164  Vaucluse  SGVRCDR - IFV        
         distinctive wines of the vine variety