Les Jamelles Syrah 2018, Vin de Pays
d'Oc, France (PS7, Co-op) A LITTLE gem from the South of France, this has a smooth, polished feel with fruity brightness (expect swathes of wild berry fruits, spice, cinnamon and hints of violets), a delightful richness and enough structure to pair with barbecued meats and all the trimmings.
2012 Alain Grignon Carignan (PS5.99 instead of PS7.99 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 PS7.49 and the Finest* Pouilly Fume down from PS12.99 to PS11.
Gascony has had the good sense to resist the temptation to replant with varieties everyone has heard of to make wine sold as Vin de Pays
des Ctes de Gascogne.
Sainsbury's SO Organic Shiraz Vin De Pays
WHITES La Chasse Chardonnay Viognier Vin de Pays
d'Oc 2009 (Asda, pounds 4.50) 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.
From a neighbouring and often overlooked area of south-west France, Vin de Pays
Cotes de Gascogne (pounds 5.99 at M&S), is a blend of Tannat with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
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
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
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.