Petit Manseng B
Name of vine variety in France
Petit Manseng
This variety is originally from the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region.
In France, Petit Manseng B is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties".

This vine variety is likewise listed in the Catalogues of other European Union member states: Bulgaria, Spain and Italy.
Wine vine variety.
Evolution of area under vines in France
1958 1968 1998 2008 2016
ha 32 34 520 650 1412
Identification signs include:
- the tips of the young shoot have a very dense coat of flat-lying hairs,
- the young leaves are yellow with slightly bronze patches,
- adult leaves are orbicular-shaped, whole or 5-lobed with shallow lateral sinuses, with a slightly open U-shaped petiole sinus or slightly overlapping lobes; short teeth with straight or convex sides, low anthocyanin coloration at the petiole point; slightly revolute leaf blade and the underside with sparse coat of upright and flat-lying hairs,
- round-shaped berries.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 149 229 239 186 194 248 238 233 239
Allel 2 153 236 257 186 204 252 248 233 271
Bud burst: 2 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: period III, 4 and 1/2 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Petit Manseng B is vigorous and must be long pruned and trelissed.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
This variety is very resistant to grey rot.
Technological potential
Grape clusters are small and the berries very small. Petit Manseng B is remarkable in its great capacity to concentrate sugar in its berries while maintaining extremely high acidity. This variety enables naturally producing aromatic and great quality liqueur wines.
Clonal selection in France
The 4 approved Petit Manseng B clones carry the numbers 440, 573, 1107 and 1113. Over 100 clones have been set up in a conservatory in the  Jurançon vineyards (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) in 1996.
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
440  Pyrénées-Atlantiques  ENTAV  medium  medium  medium  
 1976  Sud-Ouest  medium  medium  medium  
 1.56 ha  medium to high  medium    distinctive wines of the vine variety
573  Pyrénées-Atlantiques  ENTAV  high  high  medium  
 1978  Sud-Ouest  medium to high  medium  medium to high  
 1.51 ha  medium to high  medium    distinctive wines of the vine variety
Denser vegetation
1107  Pyrénées-Atlantiques  CA 64 - ENTAV  low  low  medium  
 2006  Sud-Ouest  low  medium  low  
   low to medium  medium to high    aromatic and fatty wines with a long finish
1113  Pyrénées-Atlantiques  CA64 - IFV  high  medium  medium  
 2007  Sud-Ouest  medium  medium  high  
   low  medium    high acidity wines
This clone produces numerous grape clusters with small pits. Moderate high yield level; later budding and maturity with high acidity.