Morescola

Also known as Aubun in the southern Rhône Valley, where it mostly found, this black grape is usually used in blends. It is thought the name Aubun comes from the word albanus, or “whitish”, referring to a now extinct white mutation of the grape. It was once thought, wrongly, that Morescola was resistant to the devastating phylloxera outbreak of the late 19th century, and was therefore widely planted across France. It later transpired that it was the soil, rather than the vine, that was keeping away the blight. Historically, it has been confused with Carignan, leading to two of its synonyms being Carignan de Bédoin and Carignan de Gigondas. Production of Morsecola fell from 5,882 hectares in the 1970s to just 720 hectares in 2008.

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