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What are the four main wine classification in France ?

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The four main grades of wine classification in France are :

AOC : 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.

VDQS : 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.

Vin de Pays : meaning country wine. Cover generally a large area. These wines are getting better and they offer the best value for the money.

Vin de Table : meaning table wine. The only grade with no indication of a geographic area. There are the lowest quality wine.

In 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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