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Vitis vinifera ‘Blanquette’

Described by William Macarthur: ‘No. 37 - Blanquette (6/1, or No. 6 of the private collection [of Busby]). Avery productive white grape, said to be used to impart strength to the white wines of Languedoc, ripens later than any other sort I have named; a very hardy plant.’ [Maro p.29/1844].



Horticultural & Botanical History

This grape, usually called ‘Mauzac’ but locally ‘Blanquette’, is grown mainly around Limoux in the Languedoc region of south-west France and is used primarily to make the sparkling wine of the region called Blanquette de Limoux. [Wikipedia and other internet sources].



History at Camden Park

Listed in all printed catalogues as ‘Blanquette, very late’ [Vines for Table and for Wine no.20/1843]. ‘6-1’ is written next to the name in the 1843 and 1845 catalogues. This number, and all similar, is the reference number of the grape in Busby’s private collection, in the 1840s held at the Sydney Botanic Garden. this specifically refers to grape no. 6 in Busby’s private collection. See William Macarthur’s comments on this grape above.




Published Jun 23, 2010 - 05:13 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2011 - 12:27 PM

Family Vitaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, France

  • Mauzac


Common Name

Grape, Table Grape, Wine Grape

Name in the Camden Park Record

Blanquette, very late



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