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Appellations of Origin & Quality Standards
Appellations
Quality Standards
Main WineRegions
Bordeaux / Burgundy (Bourgogne) / Alsace / Beaujolais / Champagne / Cognac / Jura, Savoie & Bugey / Languedoc-Roussillon / Loire-le Centre / Provence, Corse (Corsica) / Rhône / Sud-Ouest (South West) / Armagnac
Lowest Standard Vin de Table The Table Wine. No restrictions whatsoever, and it reflects in the quality of the wine - not much characters.
Second Standard Vin de Pays The standard of the wine varies with the region, the grape variety and the year.
Highest Standard

VQPRD

Vin de Qualité Produit dans des Regions Déterminée

AOC

Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée

An AOC wine comes from a geographically defined and limited area which lays down rules in regard the grape variety, alcohol content, yield, pruning etc.

VDQS

Vin Démimité de Qualité Supérieure

A VDQS wine is also governed by a set of rules, though not as strict as those in the AOC.
Bordeaux
The term 'Cru' is used to indicate quality. Top Class Bordeaux Wines Include:
Médoc
Premiers Crus Classés (1st)
Seconds Crus Classés (2nd)
Troisièmes Crus Classés (3rd)
Quatrièmes Crus Classés (4th)
Cinquièmes Crus Classés (5th)
Crus Bourgéois
Graves / Péssac-Léognan
Red Wines
Premier Grand Cru
Crus Classés
White Wines Crus Classés
Saint-Emilion
Premiers Grands Crus Classés
Grands Crus Classés
Grands Crus
Sauternes
Premier Cru Supérieur
Premiers Crus
Deuxièmes Crus
Burgundy (Bourgogne)
Highest Level Grands Crus
Second Level Premiers Crus
Third Level Appellations Communales
Forth Level Appellation Régionale

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