Here’s some history for you: Marechal Foch (pronounced “mar-esh-shall-fosh”) is an hydrid red grape named after the French Marshal Ferdinand Foch. I understand he played an important role in the negotiation of the armistice terms during the First World War. While the grape was developed in Alsace, France, it was brought to Canada in the early 40’s by Adhear de Chaunac (who, by the way also has a grape named after him – you guessed it – de Chaunac).
I’ve always thought that Foch is one of those wines that you really either LOVE (that’s me) or you don’t really like, as it tends to be low in tannin and have strong acidity. I love the intense dark “inky” purple colour and the aromas of black fruits, fresh coffee and vanilla bean.
This Foch won a Bronze Medal at the 2011 Canadian Wine Awards. It is a full bodied red wine with strong berry notes on the nose and rich, strong flavours of bing cherry and black currant. Excellent served with any red meats (my favourite is a medium rare steak), smoked meat or dark chocolate.