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What is a Monopole?

This is a question that pops up here once and while. Of course, even though "monopole" is a French word, you could probably guess what it means. But what does it have to do with wine?

Monopole - (mawn-o-pole)

Used to denote a vineyard owned exclusively by one proprietor, the word monopole appears on the label of a wine made from such a vineyard.

A monopole ("monopoly" in French) is an area controlled by a single winery (wine company) and can be as small as a lieu-dit (vineyard) or as large as an en…

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