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Find out useful information about French wine (by looking at the label) to find out what this wine is made of and its level of quality.

One of the more confusing wine regions to learn is France because it's hard to know what you're buying based on the label. Fortunately, you can learn a few facts about French wine and how it is labeled to improve your chances of finding better wine (whatever the price).

Regional French wine label and not grape variety. This vi write this label is good by because there are more than 200 like the best unique in France and many wine regions blend different types of wine together. So when you look at a label, the first person to notice (next to the manufacturer's name) is the name of the region where the wine originated. This is the first good of your best to verify the things has in the wine.

What wines does each French wine region produce?

It is quite common for French wines not to be labeled with the same grapes in Wine. So it is helpful to know the main varieties produced in each of France's wine regions.

In addition to knowing what's inside the bottle, countless other French Wine terms appear on the label. Although there are some terms that apply to all French wines, some terms are used only in specific areas. Here is a list of must-know terms commonly found on French wines:

  • Biologique: Production facility
  • Blanc de Blancs: A term for Sparkling Wine to denote a Sparkling White Wine made of 100% white grapes. (100% Chardonnay in Champagne)   


  • Blanc de Noirs: A term for Sparkling Wine to denote a Sparkling White Wine made with 100% black grapes. (Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in Champagne)
  • Cuvée Wine A specific type of wine / instrument.



  • Brut: a term for the degree in translucent wines. Brut points to a dry style.
  • Cépage: Grapes are used in wine (Encép Management is a valid rate of the compound).Château: A winery
  • Clos: A walled vineyard or vineyard on the site of a walled vineyard. Often used in Burgundy.
  • Côtes: Wine from a slope or hill (contiguous) along a river (e.g. Côtes du Rhône slope of the Rhône River)
  • Coteaux: Wine from a group of slopes or hills (not contiguous) (e.g., Coteaux du Layon sloping along the Layon River)
  • Cru: grows and indicates a vineyard or a group of vineyards that is generally recognized for quality
  • Cuvée: used to denote a particular alcohol or tea representedDemi-Sec: dry (light sweet)
  • Domaine: A winery with vineyards
  • Doux: SweetÉlevé en fûts de chêne: Aged in oak
  • Grand Cru:  Grows and is used in Burgundy and Champagne to analyze the region's best vineyards.
  • Grand Vin: Used in Bordeaux to denote the first winery brand or Best Wine they produce. Common conditioner for house wines of Bordeaux is having the 2nd or 3rd of the label at different prices.



  • Millésime: Dictionary of the day. This term is commonly used in the Champagne region.
  • Mis en bouteille au château / domaine: Closed at the winery



  • Moelleux: Sweet
  • Mousseux: Sparkling
  • Non-filtré: A type of alcohol that is not filtered
  • Pétillant: sparkling light
  • Premiere Cru (1er Cru): First growth and used in Burgundy and Champagne to analyze the region's 2nd best vineyards.
  • Propriétaire: The owner of the winery
  • Sec: Dry (not sweet, for example)
  • Supérieur: A regulatory term commonly used in Bordeaux to describe a wine with a minimalism and higher aging requirements than the base.
  • Sur Lie: A wine brewed on lees (dead men) that is known to give the flavor of ice cream/bread and gain muscle mass. This term is most often found with Muscadet of the Loire.
  • Vendangé à la main: Hand-harvested
  • Vieille Vignes: ancient grapes
  • Vignoble: Vineyard
  • Vin Doux Naturel (VDN): A wine enhanced during fermentation (usually a sweet glazed wine).


LYT VIETNAM - Wine quality announcement, hope that the above information can help you to read a clear and detailed label of French Wine in order to find out the bottle of wine you want to buy.

#Source: Old World Wine

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