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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Viognier

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Marius By M. Chapoutier Rouge 2013

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    In a long list of disappointing wines, this was a nice change. Well balanced, not dry. The screwcap is a welcome addition. Reasonable price.Nothing stood out as remarkable, but this was not offensive. Would buy again. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Pigmentum Blanc-Cotes de Gascogne Aoc Georges Vigouroux 2009

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    Brownish yellow in the glass. Burnt syrup aroma. As forecasted by the color and nose, this wine is oxidized. Yuck. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Domaine du Monte Saint Jean Vin de Pays de l'Île de Beauté 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/74354 for £5.50.Wine production on Corsica goes back to at least 600BC but in the 1960's it was very much boosted by the arrival of re-patriated settlers from Algeria [the so-called pied noirs ] ]to the east coast.The Domaine du Mont Saint Jean grows vines for the U... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Uby Colombard-Ugni Blanc 2013

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    Rather benign French white made from Colombard and Ugni Blanc. Somewhat New Zealand Sauv Blanc'ish, predominately white grapefruit with some green pear and a good hit of acid but not much else. Not very complex with a short finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Thierry and Guy Pinot Noir Fat Bastard 2011

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    We enjoyed this light bodied Pinot Noir. It has heavy ripe red fruit aromas and flavors with light tannins on the back end. Great transition wine from winter to spring. Read our full review on our blog, Two Forks and a Corkscrew. Read More

    Wine review by twoforksandacorkscrew


  • QUOTEPardon my contrarianism, AOK, but are your really denigrating transparency ... the label. For example, some Vin de Pays wines will have the grapes on the label. Not all VdP is bad, but it is a lower classification of French wine right above VdT.QUOTENow I am hyperbolizing here, AOK in order to make a point.  We need labels so that If you r... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aspiring wine lover


  • Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Kolaweste


  • If you can find a copy of the Wine Lovers Companion, a nice book small enough ... Sonoma and Santa Barbara, a vin de pays chardonnay from France, a lower-priced Burgundy, an Aussie chardonnay, for example) and just note what you taste.  Lemons, apricots, grass, herbs,salinity, stony notes, heavier body to lighter, whatever you notice--that's w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology


  • Bartenura Moscato 2013

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    An absolute favorite of mine. Love it after a long day at work. Strawberries included. Read More

    Wine review by myalisa76


  • Domaine de la Serre Grenache Blend Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Cailloux Vieilles Vignes 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by Zim Zim


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