Brustianu B
Name of the variety in France
Brustianu is originally from Corsica, probably from the area of Ajaccio.
There is no officially recognized synonym in France nor in the other countries of the European Union, for this variety.
Legal information
In France, Brustianu is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties" since 2020 on the A list and temporarily classified.
Wine grape variety.
Descriptive elements
The identification is based on:
- the white tip of the young shoot with a piping anthocyanin coloration and a high to very high density of prostate hairs,
- the green or yellow young leaves,
- the shoots with red-striped or slightly red internodes,
- the large adult leaves with three or five involute lobes, a slightly open V-shaped petiole sinus, very small mucronate teeth, medium compared to their width at the base with convex sides, no anthocyanin coloration of veins, a blistered, slightly goffered, flat or a little bit twisted leaf blade, and on the lower side of the leaves, a moderate to high density of erect and prostate hairs,
- the ellipsoid berries.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 141 225 239 176 188 252 240 233 249
Allel 2 141 238 257 178 194 260 254 270 255
Bud burst: 7 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: mid-season, 3 weeks and a half after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Brustianu is a very productive variety and has a semi-erect bearing.
Susceptibility to diseases and pests
Brustianu is sensitive to powdery mildew and to grey rot.
Technological potentiality
Brustianu's bunches are quite large, compact and winged. The berries are medium to large, simple-flavored, with a thin skin, a lot of bloom and a juicy pulp. This variety produces pale yellow wines, expressive on the nose, with honey, citrus fruits and aniseed. In the mouth, they lack a little liveliness and body.
Clonal selection in France
There is no certified clone for this variety yet. A conservatory of two clones has been planted in Corsica in 2006.
Bibliographic references
- Documentary collections of the Centre de Ressources Biologiques de la Vigne de Vassal-Montpellier, INRAE - Montpellier SupAgro, Marseillan, France.
- Dictionnaire encyclopédique des cépages et de leurs synonymes. P. Galet, 2015, Ed. Libre&Solidaire, France.
- Traité général de viticulture, Ampélographie. P. Viala and V. Vermorel, 1901-1909, Ed. Masson, Paris, France.
- Les cépages insulaires ou le Riacquistu des cépages corses. CRVI de Corse, 2016, San Giuliano, France.

Publications of CIVAM Corse : Lexique des noms corses de cépages, November 1989, updated in December 1992 ; Caractéristiques générales et aptitudes des cépages corses, May 1995.