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Jane MacQuitty: Fine wines that won’t break the bank

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Just how useful are France’s appellation contrôlée (AC) wine laws for ensuring the quality of its output? Given that much of the rest of the world manages to make perfectly good wines without adopting a similar system, and France produces a fair number of duds despite its dusty rules and regulations and the grand titles on its labels, you might justifiably answer: “not very”.

The problem is some AC terminology is downright outdated or misleading. Bordeaux, the fine-wine capital of the world, is a case in point, relying as it does on a classification of premier grand cru classé, second, third, fourth and fifth growths that dates all the way back to 1855. Understandably, more than a century and a half later, many of these…

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