Luxembourg: Appellations

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Appellation Protégé (AOP), Luxembourg’s answer to the appellation contrôlée system of France, is highly individual and would be difficult to apply to a bigger wine industry. There is just one appellation, Moselle Luxembourgeoise, which is allowed to practically all wines, both still and sparkling, although they are all submitted to analysis and a tasting. Since vintage 2014, superior wines may be ranked as Vin de Charte (which includes the old Domaine & Tradition, Charte de Schengen, Charte des Vignerons Indépendants), Grands Premiers Crus, and Premiers Crus. For these different quality levels, maximum permitted yields are 60 hl/ha for Vins de Charte, 75 hl/ha for Grand Premier Cru, and 85 hl/ha for Premier Cru. (The maximum yield allowed on the French moselle is 60 hl/ha.)