Cru System

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Some wine regions in countries like France have a “cru system”. This concept says that historically one piece of land, property or vineyard is better than another based on its “terroir”, the quality of grapes it always produces and ultimately the wine that is made from them. There are often several levels of quality within a cru system, like Grand Cru, 1er Grand Cru, etc. The finished wines are usually impeccably made, produced in smaller quantities, ageworthy, highly touted and reviewed by the media and are sought after collector items by consumers. In fact, many are icon wines that are benchmarks of a particular varietal, style or region. The only drawback, if any, is that most are very expensive.

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