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Jess Jackson, Taylor Peak Estate. Bennett Valley KENDALL-JACKSON Understanding the grand cru concept allows us to make our wine taste even better. Simply stated. grand cru is the French concept of designating a specific single vineyard, estate or chateau as showing the highest potential for greatness. Factors that determine this distinction are the superior balance of well-drained soils, preponderance of thin soil, the micro-weather of that special place such as angle of light to the sun, and the level of exposure to warm temperatures and cooling moisture from coastal fog or mist. The grand cru concept is the approach my family and I have adopted when selecting the land that will produce our grapes. We have found that the mountains, ridges, hillsides and benchlands along California's cool coastal region possess the ideal terror to deliver world-class grapes with rich, Intense and complex flavors. This is where you will find our Jackson Estates Grown Vineyards. We select the finest grapes from our best estate vineyards and blend them to make our highly celebrated Vintner's Reserve. In other words, the ultimate blending of grand cru. Because we believe you can taste the difference. It is my understanding that many of you enjoy the taste of our wines but aren't sure why. Hopefully, I can help with the facts and A Taste of the Truth. ^^^-- kj.com/trutn ,2008 Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates .