41 B Millardet et de Grasset
Name of variety in France (and usual designation)
41 B Millardet et de Grasset (41 B MGt)
Breeder/selector and year of obtention
Alexis Millardet and Charles de Grasset, 1882.
Genetic origin
This variety results from the crossbreeding of Vitis vinifera cv. Chasselas and Vitis berlandieri.
Evolution of mother vine surfaces
1945 1955 1965 1975 1985 1995 2005 2015
Rank 3 3 2 2 2 4 5 6
ha 152 504 634 745 379 229 196 139
Estimated surface area of French vines grafted with the rootstock, and main regions of use
80 000 ha. Champagne, Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Midi-Pyrénées, Val de Loire, Aquitaine, Charentes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhône-Alpes.
Descriptive elements
The identification is based on:
- the tip of the young shoot that is open, with a piping anthocyanin coloration and a high density of prostate hairs,
- the bronzed young leaves,
- the shoots with a very ribbed surface, a circular or slightly elliptic section and no erect and prostate hairs,  
- the fairly developed tendrils,
- the circular or wedge-shaped, entire adult leaves, with an almost completely involute leaf blade but revolute on the edges, a slightly open U- or lyre-shaped petiole, with sometimes naked petiole veins, short teeth with straight sides, 
- the female flowers,
- the small, round-shaped berries, with a blue black skin,
- the woody shoots with a fairly large diameter, browny grey internodes and darker nodes.
Genetic profile
Microsatellite VVS2 VVMD5 VVMD7 VVMD27 VRZAG62 VRZAG79 VVMD25 VVMD28 VVMD32
Allel 1 133 223 231 254 194 256 254 241 239
Allel 2 141 225 239 255 194 260 255 267 255
Resistance to soil parasites
41 B MGt is moderately to highly tolerant to the root form of phylloxera. It is sensitive to Meloidogyne incognita, Meloidogyne arenaria and Meloidogyne hapla nematodes and seems susceptible to Agrobacterium vitis.
Adaptation to the environment
41 B MGt is characterized by its adaptation to limestone soils and its resistance to chlorosis. It resists up to 60% of "total" limestone, 40% of "active" limestone and an ICP of 60. It also absorbs well magensium in the soil. 41 B MGt is however sensitive to temporary water excess during the spring and its reistance to drought is moderate. It does not seem very adapted to too compact soils.
Interaction with grafts and production objectives
41 B MGt confers a moderate to high vigor to the grafts.It usually shows a good affinity with grafts even if problems have been noticed with Merlot and Pinot which is however grafted in significant amounts with this rootstock. The first plant development is rather slow. 41 B MGt promotes the compactness of grape clusters. It also tends to delay the vegetative cycle of grafts. Compared to other rootstocks, the varieties grafted onto 41 B MGt produce less rich in sugar and slightly more acidic fruits.
Vegetative propagation aptitudes
The length and diameter of the internodes are moderate to large and the wood production is low to medium (15 000 to 50 000 m/ha) with sometimes a certain proportion of dry canes. In mother plantation, 41 B MGt is both sensitive to water stress and to humidity excess in the soil. It is sometimes susceptible to the declining of the vine trunks. 41 B MGt canes easily lignify. Once collected, they must be properly stored and be sufficiently rehydrated before use. Their cleaning and disbudding is fairly easy. 41 B has a low to moderate cutting capacity, with sometimes necrosis at the bottom of the plants, but it displays good aptitude for grafting. A special care (duration, hormoning) must be paid during the stratification phase in order to avoid large calluses.
Resistance to aerial parasites
41 B MGt is highly tolerant to the gall form of phylloxera but is sensitive to downy mildew.
Clonal selection in France
In France, the 16 certified 41 B MGt clones carry the numbers: 80, 86, 87, 88, 153, 172, 193, 194, 195, 210, 212, 231, 232, 233, 238 and 1177. Among those, the clones multiplied are:
- clone No. 80: 54 ares of mother vines producing certified material, in 2017,
- clone No. 153: 15 ha 50 ares of mother vines producing certified material, in 2017,
- clone No. 172: 60 ares of mother vines producing certified material, in 2017,
- clone No. 194: 103 ha 59 ares of mother vines producing certified material, in 2017,
- clone No. 195: 16 ha 82 ares of mother vines producing certified material, in 2017.

Datas are extracted from: Les chiffres de la pépinière viticole, 2017, Datas and assesment of FranceAgriMer, may 2018.
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.