Franc Noir de la Haute-Saône

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Franc Noir de la Haute-Saône
Grape (Vitis)
Color of berry skin Noir
Species Vitis vinifera
Also called Gougenot (more)
Origin France
Notable regions Haute-Saône

Franc Noir de la Haute-Saône is a traditional French variety of red wine grape that is a sibling of Chardonnay. It makes thin, tart wine and has largely disappeared from cultivation.


DNA fingerprinting has shown that it is one of many grapes to be the result of a cross between Gouais blanc (Heunisch) and Pinot, making it a full sibling of famous varieties such as Chardonnay and Aligoté. Gouais blanc was widely grown by the French peasantry in the Medieval ages.

Other Gouais blanc/Pinot crosses include Aubin vert, Auxerrois, Bachet noir, Beaunoir, Gamay Blanc Gloriod, Gamay noir, Melon, Knipperlé, Peurion, Romorantin, Roublot, and Sacy


Franc Noir de la Haute-Saône is a vigorous vine, producing small compact bunches of grapes.

Wine regions[edit]

As the name suggests, Franc Noir de la Haute-Saône is grown in the area north of Burgundy, but like Bachet noir and Beaunoir, it is dying out.


Franc Noir De Cendrecourt, Franc Noir De Gy, Franc Noir De Jussey, Franc Noir De Venere, Gougenot, Gougenot Saône, Plant Jacquot[1]


  1. ^ Maul, Erika; Töpfer, Reinhard; Eibach, Rudolf (2007). "Vitis International Variety Catalogue". Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof (IRZ), Siebeldingen, Germany. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 

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