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Class 5: Old World Model: France



As you read in the previous module, Bordeaux’s 1855 Classification rates the châteaus themselves. The château’s name and whether it’s a first growth or second growth, etc. are among the most important pieces of information on a Bordeaux label.

In contrast, Burgundy classifies its wines based on the area where the grapes were grown. Each label indicates the vineyard location using a system of appellations, or place names — as well as the name of the winery or domaine, as many wineries in Burgundy are called.

Paying attention to the appellation is important because it is frequently related to wine quality; as the area described by the appellation becomes smaller, quality usually increases (this is...

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