While bears need to move, wine doesn't, Touzard asserts, describing what the French call terroir, or the unique taste that the soil, the climate end even the cuisine of a specific growing site imparts to wine. "You can't just take vines and move them to another place. Terroir gives wine its unique profile and value, as do its gastronomic connections."
Despite the media furor in France, for the time being at least, French winemakers probably do not need to fret: In 2011, a 6-liter bottle of 1961 Chateau Latour sold at auction in Hong Kong to a Chinese bidder for $210,000. As of this writing, the highest priced 750-milliliter bottle of Chilean red can be had for around $250.
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