Used to produce a variety of styles of wine, Maréchal Foch is a hybrid French red wine grape. It’s a cross between Goldriesling and a Native American Vitis. The origins of Maréchal Foch go back to the early 1900’s, where it was discovered by Eugene Kuhlmann. It made its way over to North America and can be found most notably in Canada and the United States. Similar to Baco Noir, it benefits from cool growing temperatures and has the ability to survive harsh growing conditions.
Typically, it produces a deep, dark, robust purple-coloured red wine that has strong acidity and mild tannins. Full bodied and often aged with oak, Maréchal Foch has aromas of black fruits such as black cherry and blackberry, smoke, vanilla and spice. It has a juicy, well-rounded finish.
You will find Maréchal Foch most commonly in Nova Scotia, across southern Ontario and Quebec, and in B.C’s Okanagan Valley. It can also be found in some areas of the United States such as Minnesota and Oregon.
Because of its acidity, it is a food friendly wine. Pair it with grilled salmon steak with sautéed mushrooms or even a chocolate mousse.
In summary, Maréchal Foch has the following characteristics:
- Hybrid French red wine grape
- Discovered by Eugeen Kuhlmann in 1910
- Cross between Goldriesling and American Vitis
- Most notably grown in Canada and the United States
- Benefits from cool temperatures and can survive harsh growing conditions
- Produces a deep, dark, robust purple-coloured red wine
- Strong acidity with mild tannins
- Full bodied with aromas of black fruits, smoke, vanilla and spice
- Rich flavours of black cherry and other dark berries
- Found in Nova Scotia, Southern Ontario and Quebec, and in B.C’s Okanagan Valley
- Goes well with salmon, steak or even chocolate desserts