Sauvignon gris G
Name of vine variety in France
Sauvignon gris
This variety corresponds to the gray mutation of Sauvignon B.
There is no officially recognized synonym for this variety in France.In Bulgaria, Sauvignon gris G can officially be called by the name "Sovignion Gris".
In France, Sauvignon gris G is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties".

This vine variety is likewise listed in the Catalogues of other European Union member states: Germany and Bulgaria.
Wine vine variety
Evolution of area under vines in France
1958 1998 2008 2016
ha 10 113 325 1062
The description corresponds to Sauvignon B, except for the color of the berry skin when ripe, which in this case is gray or sometimes pink.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 131 225 239 172 188 246 240 233 239
Allel 2 149 229 257 186 194 248 248 235 255
Bud burst: 10 days after Chasselas.Grape maturity: period II, 2 weeks to 2 and 1/2 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Sauvignon gris G is less productive than Sauvignon B.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
The behaviour of this variety would appear to be the same as Sauvignon B.
Technological potential
The grape clusters and berries are small. Sauvignon gris G can produce very powful wine, full-bodied with slightly heavy aromas and lower acidity than Sauvignon B. Sugar accumulation potential is very high (higher than for Sauvignon B) and is particularly well adapted for the production of liqueur wines.
Clonal selection in France
The only approved Sauvignon gris G clone carries the number 917. A conservatory with over 50 clones was set up in Anjou in 2000.
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
917  Gironde  INRA  low to medium  low  high  
 1987  Bordelais
 low  medium  medium  
 6.07 ha  medium  low to medium  medium to high  aromatic and fatty wines
The above-mentioned results have been given compared to the average of Sauvignon B clones. Early compared to Sauvignon B. Good aptitude for making dry and liqueur wines.