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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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