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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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2009

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    Sweet herbs, slightly roasted red fruit fruit, cocoa, and an incipient truffle note appear on the nose. With sweet fruity on entry, soft tannins, big size, and great acids this makes quite an impression in the mouth but the tannins show a slight bitter edge, the sweetness comes from the rather high alcohol, and the fruit is decidedly simple in t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2012

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    This lovely rose wine has a racy nose of acidic red cranberry and even strawberry sugar; the entry is balanced, if slightly bitter, with more strawberry on the medium finish. A superior rose with a rare gravity of character. Let's say 90 points... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Saint Jean Plan de Dieu Cotes du Rhone Villages 2011

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    Deeply aromatic on the nose this jumps from the glass with slightly lifted aromas of plum jelly tinged with cracked pepper, dried floral notes, sweet nutty hints of wood and fine beefy top notes. Smooth and rich in the mouth, this has a fair amount of power behind its rich, slightly plummy and candied herb tinged red cherry fruit. Moderately tan... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Coppo l'Avvocata Barbera d'Asti 2012

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    Very fruity on the nose and spicy with softly herbal and dried spice notes framing gentle and dusty red berry fruit. A bit chewy early on the palate and with plenty of acidity, this is moderately tannic and has a bit of an stringent nature to it. Theres a slightly jammy quality to the red fruit on the palate, and through the long and slightly wa... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bartolo Mascarello Barbera d'Alba 2011

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    In San LorenzoBlack fruit, spice, soil, and dried green herbal accent greet the nose followed by hints of shoe polish, leather, and black cherry pits. This is gorgeously perfumed and detailed. Round, ripe with deep fruit on the palate, this shows off fine acid that is bright but integrated with soft tannins highlighting the purity and a subtle r... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia 2012

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    Tight floral notes that are a little peppery greet the nose along with some soil spice notes violets and a bit of beefiness. Black plum and juniper pop on entry where this is bright, with great cut, and super freshness. Truly a clear, light on its feet exaltation of Barbera that shows a subtle chocolate ripeness on the back palate back note, al... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Oh dear, more good French wines well under $20, even after import across the Atlantic. I'm liking Chambers Street more and more, the more I visit their offerings. These guys seem to understand wine in ways that I do and like. In their essay below there's a link to a current Asimov article on Muscadet. It's also well worth jumping to and reading.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Domaine Brunet Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d'Oc 2008

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Blackberet Pinot Noir NV

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    Wine review by calywa


  • Orpheon Musique des Cepages Domaine Tenon NV

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £5 from the Domaine Tenon stand at the 2014 London France Show back in January but have only now got around to drinking it.Domaine Tenon is owned by Philippe and Pascal Combe and is in the southern Rhone region.Unlike some of their other wines this one is not an AOC wine but a mere Vin de Table.It is a blend of s... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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