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Marechal Foch

Marechal Foch Wine Details
Price: $16.00 per bottle

Description: This is a wine grape gaining a huge, almost cult following. It is named after the World War I French General, Field Marshall Ferdinand Foch, and was developed in Alsace, France by a grape hybridizer Eugene Kuhlmann. The red grape is officially known as Kuhlmann 1882. It’s a cross of Goldriesling and an American Vitis Riparia-Vitis Rupestris vine. Two interesting things of note are that Marechal Foch is resistant to Phylloxera and it is classified as a Teinturier, meaning that this dark skinned grape has red rather than the white pulp found in most grapes. As a result, Marechal Foch has an intense deep ruby to purple color. Our wine is richly colored, offering an earthy nose similar to Merlot with a good balance between acid and tannin. Marechal Foch is not an overpowering heavy red wine. It is quite jammy, fruit forward and very drinkable with a smooth finish. Flavors such as cranberry, cherry, raspberries, and even chocolate come out. This wine is a nice alternative if you are looking for something unusual and different to try. In the summertime it even works well as a chilled red. It also looks most impressive when swirling your glass at a little soiree.

Varietal Definition
Marechal Foch:
A french-american hybrid grape, with french Alsace Gamay origins, noted for producing deeply colored and strongly varietal wines considered by some to have a "Burgundian" character. Also known under the name Foch.
Also known as Teinturier du Cher. Of ancient origin, it is genetically present in the majority of varieties grown in order to add deeper redness to blends. Best known offspring is Alicante Bouschet. Many Gamay teinturiers are thought to be derived from Gamay de Bouze.
Merlot is known as a Noble Bordeaux varietal. Although it came to France in the first century, it was not named until the 1880s. Merlot was originally used only for blending, as it is soft and compliant, very useful in softening other Bordeaux wines like Cabernets. Recently in California and Chile it became popular as a 100% varietal wine. Merlot tends to be easier to grow in a variety of soil conditions and is harvested earlier in the year than Cabernet. Although most Merlots are made to be drunk earlier, there are many with complexities of a Cabernet. Flavors of plum, black cherry, violet, chocolate and orange pair well with rich, red pasta dishes, hearty chicken dishes, and any beef combination that you fancy. The perfect match of course is chocolate. Not only does the chocolate compliment the wine and vice-versa, but the essence of both flavors linger eternally.
On the sweeter end of the spectrum, some of the best dessert wines should give thanks to the Riesling varietal. Riesling is known for its complementary nature of combining balanced acidity with sugar. Rieslings are made dry to sweet, but it is the sweet style Riesling that brought about its popularity in the United States. With the rise of spicy sauces, marinades and dips to flavor our meal, Riesling plays a part in taking off the edge of the heat. Riesling is known for a number of signature characteristics: floral, citrus and pear. Riesling has peaked in California with 11,000 acres planted. Today, Monterey County’s cool-climate areas and its long growing season produce good amounts of character for the Riesling grape. Outside of
Ancient grape producing mainly mediocre white wines. Mainly grown in small acreages to be found in former East Germany or northern Austria.


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