An early-ripening black grape. The wine has a distinct berry aroma. Sister variety of Marechal Foch but earlier and more productive.

 

In southern Wisconsin, Madison area, Millot ripens about 6-7 days before Foch, though if the fruit set is heavy it ripens with Foch.

 

It has more tannin than Foch which makes it a nice blending wine with Foch.  To us it adds body and complexity.

 

One caveat - Millot has been significantly more susceptible to bunch rot, botrytis, and other rots than foch has been.  To grow it successfully attention should be paid to sun and air exposure, making sure the grapes get both. Also, a spray program will be necessary in most all years.

Birds love it as well!

Millot almost ripe Aug 2010