Maréchal Foch

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Maréchal Foch, red wine grape variety named after a famous French First World War general. This french hybrid was bred by Eugène Kuhlmann of Alsace, who cited the vinifera variety Goldriesling as one parent. It has good winter hardiness and ripens very early. It was once widely cultivated in the Loire and is still popular in canada and new york, where it is spelt Marechal Foch is sometimes called simply Foch, and may be vinified using carbonic maceration. It produces fruity, non-foxy wines which can stand on their own two feet.