Mollard N
Name of vine variety in France
This vine variety is originally from the Hautes-Alpes region and based onpublished genetic analyses, is probably a descendant of Gouais B.
No synonym is officially recognized in France for this variety, nor in other countries in the European Union.
In France, Mollard 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 291 247 84 42 26 25 19
Identification signs include:
- the tip of the young shoot has a thin coat of flat-lying hairs,
- green young leaves,
- orbicular adult leaves, whole with an open or slightly open petiolar sinus with a U-shaped base; moderate size teeth with straight sides and the underside with a sparse coat of upright hairs,
- short elliptical-shaped berries.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 141 232 249 178 200 244 254 227 249
Allel 2 141 238 249 178 204 248 254 247 251
Bud burst: 7days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: period II, 3 and 1/2 to 4 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Mollard N is an upright growth vine variety. It must be short-pruned and can also be gobelet pruned. Mollard is sometimes prone to coulure.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Mollard N is susceptible to powdery mildew and downy mildew.
Technological potential
Grape clusters are large and the berries are moderate in size. Mollard N produces pleasant, fresh, light and well colored wines. Sugar accumulation potential is moderate.
Clonal selection in France
The 2 approved Mollard N clones carry the numbers 993 and 996.
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
993  Hautes Alpes  ENTAV  medium to high  medium to high  medium  
 2003  Languedoc, domaine de l'Espiguette  medium to high    medium  
   medium      distinctive wines of the vine variety
996  Hautes Alpes  ENTAV  medium  medium  medium to high  
 2003  Languedoc, domaine de l'Espiguette  medium    low to medium  
   medium      distinctive wines of the vine variety