submitted by Yvan Duvant
four main grades of wine
classification in France
: as Appellation d'Origine Controlée - meaning
regulated wine of origin. AOC is the highest rank
of the 4 main wine grades. The place where the wine
is coming from appears on the label.
: as Vins Délimités de Qualité Supérieure
- meaning delimited wine of superior quality. There
are few wines falling into this category as it is
easier to sell a wine either as AOC or Vin de Pays.
de Pays : meaning country wine. Cover generally a
large area. These wines are getting better and they
offer the best value for the money.
de Table : meaning table wine. The only grade with
no indication of a geographic area. There are the
lowest quality wine.
some regions such as in Bordeaux or Burgundy, a specific
wine classification includes top wines such as Grand
Cru or Premier in Burgundy and to a lesser extent
Cru Bourgeois in Bordeaux.
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