VQA describes Marechal Foch (pronounced “MAR-e-SHALL-fosh) as Fruity, Raspberry, Cherry, Smokey, Caramel and Butterscotch. Other flavours include plums and spice.
French plant breeder Eugene Kuhlmann (1858-1932) was the creator of this and of several other hybrid varieties, most of which now have been phased out of vineyards in France and North America. The variety is named for a French hero Of World War One, Marshall Ferdinand Foch, commander in chief of the Allied armies in 1918 (An apparent admirer of French leaders, Kuhlmann also created another blood-red variety that was named Léon Millot after the prime minister.)
Like the other hybridizers of his day, Kuhlmann created new varieties by crossing native American vines with European vines in a search for productive and disease-resistant varieties. The comparison to Burgundy, which is made with Pinot Noir, may be have been inspired by the vaguely similar earth aromas and smoky note in the finish of a Maréchal Foch wine.
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