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Cépages nobles

French term for the noblest grape varieties in the world. Of course, their use does not automatically and in every case result in a top wine, but they are often found in such wines, either as single varietals or as blending partners in cuvées. There are no measurable criteria that make it possible to clearly assign them to the "circle of the chosen ones". Even among experts, the same varieties are not named 100% of the time, but there is a relatively high degree of agreement.

Cépages nobles - Chardonnay, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon

Top varieties

An important criterion is the distribution in many countries. This means that the vines or wines have proven their high quality under different climatic conditions and different winemaking processes and have been highly recognised. The most frequently named red wine varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir and Syrah (Shiraz), as well as the white wine varieties Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

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