Vin De Pays Slakes Thirst for Bargain Wines

red wineBy Andrew Barrow

UK trade paper Off-Licence News has just published the results of the 3rd (I believe) Top 100 Vins de Pays Wines tasting competition. Top UK taster and journalist Tim Atkin MW headed up a select team of tasters to delve through the delights of France’s Vin De Pays wines, over 1,000 bottles, to arrive at the top 100.

Sadly, no retail stockists details are supplied against each wine, but the retail price is listed demonstrating the great value to be had from what can still be described as a dynamic and interesting sector in the French wine business. All the wines will be for tasting at the May London Wine and Spirits Fair, as last year, I will try and hunt them out and sample them myself then.

In last year’s competition one of ‘my discoveries’ — the 3 Poules Cabernet Franc — won a trophy! But I do not see them listed this year. My find from the previous year, Domaine de Sainte Rose, came away with ……a Top Ten placement for their barrel fermented Roussanne, a new wine to their range, and one of the most expensive submitted at 10 a bottle ($17.50 in U.S. dollars). One I will certainly be checking out at the London fair.

Here are the Top 100 Vin de Pays 2006 trophy medal winners and their prices (note: One British Pound is worth approximately 1.75 U.S. Dollars, so a wine that costs 4 pounds would convert to about 7 dollars).


  • Plaimont Rive Haute Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, VdP du Gers (6.45)
  • Domaine de La Saulzaie Sauvignon Gris, 2005, VdP du Jardin de la France (4.50)
  • Domaine des Lauriers Rolle, 2005, VdP d’Oc (5.80)
  • Les Collines du Bourdic Pavillon Blanc Chardonnay, 2004, VdP d’Oc (7)
  • Domaine de Srame Muscat 2005, VdP d’Oc (5.99)
  • Domaine de Tariquet Les 4 Cpages Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc/Gros Manseng/Chardonnay 2005, VdP des Ctes du Gascogne (6.49)

Sweet Wines

  • Domaine de Pellehaut L’Et Gascon 2005, Chardonnay/Gros Manseng, VdP des Ctes de Gascogne (5.99)

Rose Wines

  • Saint Andre de Figuiere Le Saint Andre 2005, Cinsault/Syrah/Grenache/Cabernet Franc VdP du Var

Red Wines

  • Domaine les Yeuses Les Epices Syrah 2004, VdP d’Oc (6.50)
  • Oenoalliance La Diffrence Carignan 2005, VdP des Ctes Catalanes (4.99)
  • Preignes le Vieux Petit Verdot Preignes Le Vieux 2004, VdP d’Oc
  • Mas Carlot Cuve Tradition 2005 Syrah/Grenache, VdP d’Oc (6.35)

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