Exalta B
Name of vine variety in France
This variety was obtained in 1966 by INRA by crossbreeding Muscat de Hambourg N and Perlette B
There is no officially recognized synonym in France nor in other countries in the European Union. 
In France, Exalta B is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties".
Table grape variety
Evolution of area under vines in France
2000 2008 2016
ha 3 7 3.5
Identification signs include:
- the tips of young shoots have a sparse cover of flat-lying hairs,
- the yellow shoots have long tendrils,
- orbicular adult leaves, full or 3-lobed with petiolar sinus with an open U-shaped base; medium to long teeth with straight sides or with a convex or concave side; smooth leaf blade, involute with an underside with a very sparse cover of upright and flat-lying hairs,
- ovoid or long elliptical shaped berries with a slightly aromatic or muscat flavor.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 131 229 249 176 186 240 240 233 249
Allel 2 133 232 253 182 188 256 254 243 271
Bud burst: 1 day before Chasselas. Grape maturity: period I, 1 week after Chasselas
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Exalta B has moderate to strong vigor and grows semi-erect. This variety must be trellised and long pruned.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Exalta B is not very sensitive to rot.
Technological potential
Exalta B clusters are moderate to large size. The berries are small to moderate size with a fairly thin skin and juicy pulp with a slightly muscat flavor and a very pleasant floral character. The clusters must be well exposed in order to obtain good coloration; non lignified grape seed tissues are present but not very noticeable. This variety is not very sensitive to shattering and is suited for conservation and travels well.
Clonal selection in France
The only approved Exalta B clone carries the number 969.
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.
- Dictionnaire encyclopédique des cépages. P. Galet, 2000, Ed. Hachette, 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
969    INRA