Savagnin Blanc has existed for at least 900 years say scientists
Savagnin Blanc (not to be confused with Sauvignon Blanc) is a wine famous in the Jura region in eastern France, best known for its oxidised, yellow Vin Jaune wines. The variety has been around for at least 900 years according to the latest DNA testing on medieval grape seed recovered from Orléans.
Savagnin has not changed in 900 years, making it one of the oldest vines in the world alongside ancient varieties such as Pinot Noir and Gamay. In that time it has created a number of new varieties and is considered one of the parents of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Trousseau, Sylvaner and Verdejo.