What is a Grand Vin?

The word “Grand” in front of vin immediately attracts the eye and raises our hopes that we're about to taste a good quality French wine.The Bordeaux and Burgundy regions have their own official quality classifications (Grand Cru, Cru Classé, Premier Cru etc..) guaranteeing that the wine has been produced under quality specifications. Adding “Grand Vin” to a label suggests a similar feeling of quality and guarantee. Hopefully it is, but in fact any wine producer is entitled to use the words “Grand Vin” on their labels without any conditions attached. It’s a positive and useful way for vineyards that are not part of any particular classification region and system to differentiate their best w

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