Villard blanc B
Name of vine variety in France
Villard blanc
Origin
Villard blanc (an interspecific hybrid) is the result of the crossbreeding between 6468 Seibel and Subéreux (or 6905 Seibel).
Synonymy
In France, this variety can officially be called "12375 Seyve-Villard" regarding plant propagation material. There is no officially recognized synonym in the other countries of the European Union.
Regulations
In France, Villard blanc is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties" on the A list and classified. This variety is also listed in the catalogue of Hungary.
Use
Wine grape variety.
Evolution of area under vines in France
1958 1968 1998 2008 2018
ha 19199 21397 1129 439 133
Description
The identification is based on:
- the tip of the young shoot that is half open, with a low density of prostate hairs,
- the reddish, very shiny young leaves,
- the circular or slihtly kidney-shaped adult leaves, entire or with three lobes, with shallow lateral sinuses, an open U-shaped petiole sinus with sometimes naked petiole veins, big teeth, long compared to their width at the base with straight or convex sides, a weak or moderate anthocyanin coloration of veins, a smooth shiny leaf blade, and on the lower side of the leaves, no or a very low density of erect and prostate hairs,
- the ovoid or narrow ellipsoid berries.
Genetic profile
Microsatellite VVS2 VVMD5 VVMD7 VVMD27 VRZAG62 VRZAG79 VVMD25 VVMD28 VVMD32
Allel 1 131 229 237 178 178 256 240 233 239
Allel 2 141 234 251 186 194 262 254 235 255
Phenology
Bud burst: 8 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: late-season, 4 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Villard blanc is vigorous, fairly fertile with a semi-erect to horizontal bearing. It can be pruned short or moderately long and preferably trellised.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Villard blanc resists well to downy mildew and grey rot but is a little susceptible to powdery mildew and anthracnose. It should preferably be grafted.
Technological potential
The bunches are medium to large size, not very compact and the berries are also medium to large. Villard blanc produces ordinary quality wines.
Clonal selection in France
The only certified Villard blanc clone carries the number 1304.
Bibliographic references
- Catalogue des variétés et clones de vigne cultivés en France. Collectif, 2007, Ed. IFV, Le Grau-du-Roi, France.
- Documentary collections of the Centre de Ressources Biologiques de la Vigne de Vassal-Montpellier, INRAE - Montpellier SupAgro, Marseillan, France.
- Cépages et vignobles de France, tome 1. P. Galet, 1988, Ed. Dehan, Montpellier, France.
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
1304  Gard  IFV        
 2018