Sainsbury's SO Organic Shiraz Vin De Pays
99 until April 28 at Majestic, where minimum purchase rules apply) Vin de Pays
, or "country wines", used to be considered unsophisticated.
Tesco have two whites on offer from their Finest* range with the Finest* Vin de Pays
d'Oc Grenache Marsanne down to PS6 from PS7.
It's not that the Cognac county wines, Vin de Pays
Charentais, are poor, far from it, but in their reliance on international big names like Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, they face steep competition.
La Chasse Chardonnay Viognier Vin de Pays
d'Oc 2009 (Asda, EUR5) is a well-rounded, fresh and vibrant dry white from southern France with a good depth of ripe peach and citrus flavours.
Going towards Roussillon, I tasted the white Domaine Lafage Cote Est 2009, a Vin de Pays
des Cotes Catalanes.
A new category, Vin De Pays
Vignobles De France (VDPVDF), permits winemakers to blend grapes from the 64 registered wine-growing areas.
In addition, the new pinot noir will carry a Vin de Pays
This World Heritage site in the Haute Savoie encapsulates everything that Francophiles love: it's friendly, it's small, it's very very beautiful and it has great bars; the sort of bars where boules players with berets hang out knocking back a glass or two of vin de pays
Alternatively, a wine with a long name and a great taste is Pinot Noir 2006 Simmonet-Febvre Vin de Pays
des Portes de la Mediterranee.
Vin de Pays
from mid and southern France from cooperatives such as Plaimont are good value and never give a headache.
Other additions are an organic Mas des Tannes Vin de Pays
Coteaux de Bessilles Organic Red and Les Tannes Chardonnay 2006, which have an rsp of 5.