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Maréchal Foch

The red grape variety is an interspecific new variety between Millardet et Grasset 101-14 (Riparia x Rupestris) - open-pollinated x Goldriesling (1). Synonyms are Foch, Kuhlmann 188-2, Marshal Foch and Marshal Fosh. Genes of Vitis riparia, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera are included. The hybrid was crossed at the beginning of the 20th century at the Oberlin Institute in Colmar-Alsace by Eugène Kuhlmann (1858-1932). The vine is named after the French Marshal Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929), who became famous for the armistice conditions dictated to Germany in the forest of Compiègne after the First World War. When cultivation was banned in Germany in the mid-1930s, the name certainly played a revanchist role. The same parents also produced the new varieties Etoile I, Etoile II, Léon Millot, Lucie Kuhlmann, Maréchal Joffre and Pinard. Maréchal Foch was a crossing partner of the Cabernet Foch and Millot-Foch varieties.

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