Tardif N
Name of the variety in France
Tardif seems to be originally from the South West of France, probably from Gascony.
There is no officially recognized synonym in France nor in the other countries of the European Union, for this variety.
Legal information
In France, Tardif is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties" since 2017 on the A list and classified.
Wine grape variety.
Evolution of cultivated areas in France
ha 0.5
Descriptive elements
The identification is based on:
- the tip of the young shoot with a high density of prostrate hairs and a piping distribution of anthocyanin coloration,
- the bronzed young leaves, with a medium to high density of prostrate hairs,
- the shoots with red-striped internodes,
- the pentagonal adult leaves, with three, five or seven lobes, a closed petiole sinus with sometimes overlapping lobes, small teeth, short compared to their width at the base with straight or convex sides, a weak or very weak anthocyanin coloration of veins, a flat, finely blistered leaf blade, folded near the petiole sinus, and on the lower side of the leaves, a medium to high density of erect and prostrate hairs,
- the round-shaped berries.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 131 234 251 182 194 252 238 227 239
Allel 2 137 234 262 186 200 252 248 243 271
Bud burst: same as Chasselas.
Grape maturity: mid-season, 2 weeks and a half to 3 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Tardif is moderately productive and has a semi-erect bearing. It is best to prune it long to ensure sufficient yields.
Susceptibility to diseases and pests
Tardif is not very sensitive to grey rot.
Technological potentiality
Tardif's bunches are medium in size and compact. The berries are small, simple-flavored, with a thick skin and a soft pulp. Tardif wines are intensely colored and have strong spices aromas, especially pepper. In the mouth, they are warm, and the pronounced tannins can be astringent.
Clonal selection in France
There is no certified clone for this variety yet.
Bibliographic references
- Documentary collections of the Centre de Ressources Biologiques de la Vigne de Vassal-Montpellier, INRAE - Institut Agro | Montpellier, Marseillan, France.
- Dictionnaire encyclopédique des cépages et de leurs synonymes. P. Galet, 2015, Ed. Libre&Solidaire, France.
- Cépages oubliés des Pyrénées, Projet Interreg Poctefa Valovitis, 2019, France.