Durif N
Name of vine variety in France
This variety was developed from the crossbreeding of Syrah N and Peloursin N by Mr. Durif.
There is no officially recognized synonym in France nor in other countries in the European Union
In France, Durif N is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties".
Wine grape variety
Evolution of area under vines in France
1958 1968 1979 2016
ha 530 359 9 5.7
Identification signs include:
- the tips of the young shoots has a moderately dense cover of flat-lying hairs,
- the young leaves are yellow or green,
- the end of the branches are sometimes fasciated,
-orbicular adult leaves, 5 lobes with deep lateral sinuses, open with rounded base, open U-shaped petiolar sinus; small teeth with convex sides; no anthocynanin pigmentation of veins; dark green leaf blade, finely bubbled, sometimes folded near the petiolar point, the underside has no or slight cover of flat-lying or upright hairs,
-round or short ellipitical-shaped berries. 
Genetic profile
Allel 1 131 229 239 176 194 252 240 227 239
Allel 2 149 229 251 188 200 252 248 235 251
Bud burst: 8 days after Chasselas. Grape maturity: period II, 2 and 1/2 to 3 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Durif N is slightly or moderately vigorous with semi-erect horizontal growth. Rather fertile, it can be short pruned. The berries are sensitive to  sun burning and withering. This vine variety is likewise sensitive to winter frost.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Durif N is sensitive to wood diseases, grey rot and black-rot, but is not very susceptible to downy mildew. 
Technological potential
 Durif N grape clusters and berries are medium size. The sugar potential of this grape variety is average and has the capacity for making colorful, fairly tannic and astringent, but not very fruity wines. 
Clonal selection in France
The only approved Durif N clone carries the number 1130
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
1130  Tarn  IFV        
         distinctive wines of the vine variety