Petit Manseng (sometimes translated: Small Manseng, rarely "Little Manseng") is a white wine grape variety that is grown primarily in South West France. It produces the highest quality wine of any grape in the Manseng family. The name is derived from its small, thick skin berries. Coupled with the small yields of the grapevine, most Petit Manseng farmers produce around 15 hl of wine per hectare. The grape is often left on the vine till December to produce a late harvest dessert wine. The grape is grown primarily in Gascony, Jurançon and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh but has recently drawn interest in New World wine regions like California, North Georgia, Virginia, Ohio, and Australia. The reason is that it is expected to follow Viognier's path to popularity among white wine drinkers. It was already present in Uruguay, when Basque settlers brought "Manseng" and Tannat vines with them to their new home. Despite being easily recognizable as a white grape while true Manseng is a black grape, wine that is Petit Manseng is still normally labeled as just "Manseng". The grape is often left on the vine to produce a late harvest wine made from its nearly raisin like grapes.
Petit Manseng in Viala & Vermorel
|Color of berry skin||Blanc|
|Also called||see list of synonyms|
|Notable regions||South-West France, Languedoc|
|Notable wines||Jurançon, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh|
Petit Manseng is also known under the synonyms Escriberou, Ichiriota Zuria Tipia (in Spain), Mansein, Mansein Blanc, Manseing, Mansenc Blanc, Mansenc Grisroux, Manseng Blanc, Manseng Petit Blanc, Mansengou, Mansic, Mansin, Mausec, Mausenc Blanc, Miot, Petit Mansenc, and Petit Manseng Blanc.
- J. Robinson (ed) "The Oxford Companion to Wine" Third Edition pg 514 Oxford University Press 2006 ISBN 0-19-860990-6
- J. Robinson (ed) "The Oxford Companion to Wine" Third Edition pg 425 Oxford University Press 2006 ISBN 0-19-860990-6
- J. Robinson Vines, Grapes & Wines pg 236 Mitchell Beazley 1986 ISBN 1-85732-999-6
- Manseng Petit Blanc, Vitis International Variety Catalogue, accessed 2010-12-03