In France often part of a closer name for a wine-growing region (haut = high, bas = low, below). It is not a quality standard for wine, but a geographical name. However, the term does not necessarily refer to the sea level, but means in the Médoc for example at Haut-Médoc "upriver" in contrast to the "downstream" Bas-Médoc. The wines of Haut-Médoc are considered better. The same applies to Haut-Rhin compared to Bas-Rhin Alsace, In the area Armagnac However, as an exception to this rule the brandy rated as better by Bas-Armagnac.