Marsanne B
Name of vine variety in France
This variety is originally from the Northern Côtes du Rhône region.
There is no officially recognized synonym for this variety in France. In the European Union, Marsanne B can officially be called by other names: Marsan (Bulgaria) and Marsanne drome (Cyprus).
In France, Marsanne B is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine vareties".

Thsi variety is likewise listed in the Catalogues of other European Union member states: Bulgaria, Cyprus and Italy.
Wine vine variety
Evolution of area under vines in France
1958 1968 1979 1988 1998 2008 2016
ha 277 268 235 406 1121 1266 1699
Identification signs include:
- the tips of the young shoot have a very dense coat of flat-lying hairs, - the young leaves are green or yellow, - the shoot with the internodes is green,
- large adult leaves, 3 or 5-lobed, a petiole sinus with very overlapping lobes, very short teeth compared to width at base, convex sides; absence of anthocyanin coloration of veins; the leaf blade is matte, with a waffle like texture, very bublled, jagged. On its underside, there are sparse upright and flat-lying hairs.
- round-shaped berries, golden or reddish when ripe.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 131 223 239 186 196 246 240 233 239
Allel 2 131 229 253 188 200 252 248 257 251
Bud burst: 9 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: period II, 2 and 1/2 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
This variety is vigorous, fertile and productive and must be short-pruned and reserved, preferably in not very fertile and stony terroirs. Marsanne B produces long shoots which require careful and sufficient training. This variety is rather rustic, short cycle with late bud burst and is well adapted to cool climatic areas.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Marsanne B is sensitive to downy mildew, mites and grey rot.
Technological potential
Marsanne B clusters are large but the berries are small. Marsanne B produces dry or sparkling white wine, rather elegant, moderately or not very acidic with fine aromas. A badly managed production may adversely affect wine quality.
Clonal selection in France
The 3 approved Marsanne B clones carry the numbers 574, 1036 and 1083. A conservatory including 250 clones were planted in 2001 in the Côtes du Rhône area.
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 1. 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
574  Non précisée  ENTAV  high  high  low to medium  
 1978  Vallée-du-Rhône  medium to high      
 4.11 ha  medium      distinctive wines of the vine variety
1036  Drôme  CA 07 - ENTAV  low to medium  medium  medium  
 2004  Vallée-du-Rhône  medium      
   medium      balanced wines with good volume on the palate
Intermediary production level. Clone appreciated in wine tastings.
1083  Ardèche  CA 07 - ENTAV  medium  medium  medium to high  
 2004  Vallée-du-Rhône  low to medium      
   medium      aromatic and well-balanced wines with good volume on the palate.
Lower production level. Clone appreciated in wine tastings.