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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Savagnin is a very old, genetically important vine variety whose origins lie in north east France. Because it is so old, like pinot, with which it has a parent-offspring relationship, it exists in many different mutations, including gewürztraminer, traminer, and heida (Païen), all with the same genetic fingerprint even if they display some clonal variation. dna profiling has further shown that Savagnin is a parent of Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltiner, Sauvignon Blanc, Silvaner, and Trousseau, may well be a parent of Petit Manseng and, even more surprisingly, probably has a parent-offspring relationship with Verdelho.