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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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Penya Viognier Cotes Catalanes 2016

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    On a quality per dollar spent ratio...I don't think I've ever had a better wine. A stout, solid white wine with rich melon flavors. My first experience with Viognier and not my last, or my last with Penya, for sure. Read More

    Wine review by GrantC


  • Lavender Row Pays D' Oc France Pinot Noir 2015

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    very good for a young wine. probably sweeter than i would prefer for this cuvee which would have fared better in the oak. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of ... the top of ... Nicolas 2012 Vin de Pays de l'Aveyron Selves (Chenin Blanc)  |  3 in stock  |  $24.99 Casot des Maillioles 2013 Vin de France Blanc de Casot  |  3 in stock  |  $49.99 Casot des Maillioles 2013 Vin de France Tir a Blanc  |  3 in stock  |  $29.99 Ca... Read More

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  • Pontificis 2015

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    Normally I would not be attracted to this blend, but it was crisp and light to medium bodied. Floral and a good price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Pays d'Oc 2016

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    Chunky watermelon and light strawberry aromas with a fleshy, floral character and a playful fruity freshness. Burst of acidity on entry with a cherry, strawberry and watermelon blend of fruit flavors on the palate, this has good length and a mellow grassy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaine-Sarrail Cabernet Franc 2014

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    Produce Station, Ann Arbor, 4/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Cuvée du Bécassier NV

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    Pale gold. Light body, slightly sweet, with a taste of apple. Very short aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by docdom


  • Anciens Temps Cabernet Syrah 2014

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    oaked, spicy notes; sweet with cherries Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Paul Mas Chardonnay 2014

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    nose of morning dew and melons; herby, oaky, buttery Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Rene Junot Red

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    inexpensive in Delaware at Total Wine($9.99 for a 1.5L bottle!)Very satisfying, very reasonably priced red blend, similar in taste to many, more expensive reds. Read More

    Wine review by bobvree


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