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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 the breeder 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. This circumstance certainly played a revanchist role in the prohibition of the cultivation of this variety in Germany in the mid-1930s. The same parents also produced the new varieties Etoile I, Etoile II, Léon Millot, Lucie Kuhlmann, Maréchal Joffre and Pinard. The variety Maréchal Foch was also the crossing partner of the three new varieties Cabernet Foch, Millot-Foch and Sovereign Opal.

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