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…