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Wine Spectator School

Class 5: Old World Model: France

This class covered the following topics:

Europe, especially France, serves as the model for wine

  • Centuries of experimentation
  • Terroir = grape variety + soils + climate
  • Classification: called "Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée," or AOC
Bordeaux Burgundy Rhône
Location Southwestern France Eastern France Southeastern France
Climate and Geography
  • Maritime to continental
  • Mostly flat land
  • Left Bank = gravel
  • Right Bank = clay
  • Continental
  • Hilly
  • Well-drained, heat-retaining...

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