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Base wine

determining grape variety/wine

Designation (also basic variety, basic grape) for the determining variety or the wine with the main part in a cuvée. As a rule, the proportion must be at least 50% in order for this variety to give the wine its character (but this is not a legal requirement). If necessary, however, there may be two or more basic varieties if a larger number is permitted, which is often the case, especially for wines from southern countries. An extreme case is the Châteauneuf-du-Pape with 13 possible varieties. See also under vinification

Wine quality

The term is also used for the simplest quality or lowest quality level of a winery or producer, but has no legal meaning. See also under quality system.

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