In France often part of a closer name for a wine-growing region (haut = hoch, bas = Nieder, unten). It is not a quality level under wine law, but a geographical name. However, the term does not necessarily refer to the sea level, but means in Médoc for example at Haut-Médoc "upstream" in contrast to Bas-Médoc located "downstream". Haut-Médoc wines are considered better. The same applies to Haut-Rhin compared to Bas-Rhin im Alsace. In the area Armagnac however, as an exception to this rule Brandy Bas-Armagnac rated it better. Was in the Middle Ages Skin pays a common name (Ober-Land) for a large area in South West France, including the entire "Bordeaux hinterland" (at that time less valuable than Bordeaux ) was understood.