Counoise N
Name of vine variety in France
This vine variety would appear to be originally from the Vaucluse.
There is no officially recognized synonym in France nor in other countries in the European Union
In France, Counoise N is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties".
Wine vine variety
Evolution of area under vines in France
1979 1988 2000 2008 2016
ha 660 885 615 510 310
Identification signs include:
- young leaves are yellow with bronze patches,
- adult leaves are 5-lobed with a closed petiolar sinus with overlapping lobes; medium to long teeth compared to width at the base, convex sides, medium anthocyanic pigmentation of veins; thick leaf blade,  bubbled and jagged; the underside has a dense coat of flat-lying hairs and a medium coat of upright hairs, 
- round-shaped berries
Genetic profile
Allel 1 131 223 247 186 194 248 238 257 239
Allel 2 131 234 257 191 204 252 240 257 261
Bud burst: 12 days after Chasselas. Grape maturity: period II, 3 and 1/2 to 4 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
This vigorous vine variety with semi-erect growth must be short pruned and may be pruned in "gobelet". It is particularly adapted to hillside, warm and stony terroir. It tends to have irregular production (fluctuations in production).
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Counoise N is not very sensitive to downy mildew, but is fairly susceptible to grey rot.
Technological potential
The clusters are medium size and the berries are large. Counoise N produces fruity but not very colorful wines.
Clonal selection in France
The two approved Counoise N clones carry the numbers 508 and 725. A conservatory of a dozen clones was set up in 2001 in the Côtes du Rhône.
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
508  Vaucluse  ENTAV        
 1976  Languedoc        
Small distribution, little difference with clone 725
725  Bouches-du-Rhône  ENTAV        
 1981  Languedoc        
Clone carrier of leaf roll virus2
Small distribution, little difference with clone 508