Often known simply as Béclan outside Jura, this black grape is nearly extinct, with just one hectare known to exist in France. The first record of its existence is a 1732 document from the Besançon parliament that decrees the grape was to be kept as it was one of “the only good varieties”.
The grape produces lively wine with a moderate level of alcohol, which can be blended or varietal. It ripens mid-season, and its tiny grapes grow in small, tightly packed bunches.
Petit Béclan is known as such in Jura to differentiate it from Gros Béclan, which is a synonym for a different variety, Peloursin. It is thought that the name Béclan comes from the local word for climbing vine, beclé.