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Vin de Pays, or “country wine,” is a legal quality category for French wines that fall between Vin de Table and Appellation Controlee. Unlike Vin de Table, they are permitted to be labeled with the vintage and the region from which they come.

Of the wines that make it to the United States, most of those labeled Vin de Pays are not actually inferior to AC wines. In many cases, the grower has chosen to grow grape varieties or employ viticultural techniques not permitted by the appellation. Selling such wines is always a risk, but some growers are confident that they can build a following even without the prestige of the AC. The best-known example of this is the excellent Mas de Daumas Gassac. It is labeled as a Vin de pays de l’Herault, but is quite famous and commands very high prices worldwide.
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  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Barons de Rothschild Lafite Pauillac Reserve Speciale 2010

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    My brother-in-law - perhaps a little intimidated by my knowledge of French wine (which is modest), bought me this blend from Rothschild. As a cuvee, it is quite good... all the expected definition of a Pauillac (rouge). Very nervy, with a lot of light tannin, this wine is perfect now for any number of meat dishes; there is a herbaceous nose and... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Jose Maria da Fonseca Lancers Vin Rose

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    Tastes similar to a sparkling rose' but without carbonation. Slightly bitter, mostly wet, nothing seems to stand out as extraordinary for me. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Bartenura Moscato 2013

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    For you sweeter palette drinkers this is heaven. The winemaker says "Crisp and refreshing, semi sweet, with lingering pear, tangerine, nectar and melon flavors on the finish. Perfect with dessert or fresh fruit, or sipping poolside." Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Cadet d'Oc Pinot Noir 2011

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    it seems very polite and fresh and calm as a good pinot noir should with just a hint of pzazz. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Penya Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


  • Domaine de l'Olibet les Proses Grenache Noir 2014

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    The density of this country wine is amazing... the very forward scent of sweet, baked cherry pie and burning white sugar... something expected from old vines Australian style. Entry is slightly less full than the Aussie might make it, but the wine comes rich, smooth, creamy and semi-sweet on the palate with a hint of almond bitter on the finish.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Perrini Negroamaro 2011

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    Looking for red choices that are affordable and expand your palette, this is a wonderful food wine. Balanced with good fruit. Add a new grape to your wine book. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Vintage Character Port Noval Black NV

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier Vin de Pays d'Oc 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • Domaine du Grangeon Chatus Ardèche 2011

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    Fascinating southern French (Ardeche) red made from the rare Chatus grape. The aromatics remind me of a GSM, ripe black cherry and a good bit of earthiness. There's plenty of ripe black and red fruit on the tongue along with leather, mushroom, oak and hint of black pepper. The tannins are quite drying but not grainy. The acidity is noticeable bu... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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