Vins de Pays quality steps up

18 April, 2008

Top tasting team takes annual challenge to list the best from France

A crack tasting team , chaired by OLN

wine editor at large Tim Atkin MW and including buyers from

retailers

such as Tesco, Waitrose, Majestic and Oddbins, has picked the 2008 Top 100 Vins de Pays .

Wines from the south of France dominated the trophy list, with Vin de Pays d'Oc wines taking six of 14 trophies, alongside two Vins de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne and a Vin de Pays des Côtes du Tarn.

Domaine Philippe Nusswitz's Miratus 2005 Vin de Pays d'Oc was named

Best

Red in

Show, while Marks & Spencer's Grenache Blanc 2007 Vin de Pays d'Oc, made by Vins de Vin, took the award for

Best

White. Domaine de la Tourlaudière's Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2007 Vin de Pays du Val de Loire won

Best

Rosé, while Domaine Les Acacia's Petit Manseng 2006 Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne won

Best

Sweet

Wine.

Tesco product development manager Graham Nash was among the judges. He said: "Quality is improving. International varieties are showing more promise but plenty of less well-known varieties are achieving stunning results."

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, wine buying manager at Waitrose, said: "The Top 100 Vins de Pays competition is a great snapshot of several important categories to anyone involved in French wine buying, and helps showcase new wines."

For a full listing of this year's Top 100 Vins de Pays, see the next issue of OLN, out on May 2.

2008 trophy winners

M&S Grenache Blanc 2007,

Vins de Vin, Vin de Pays d'Oc

(Best White Wine in Show)

Miratus 2005,

Domaine Philippe Nusswitz,

Vin de Pays d'Oc

(Best Red Wine in Show)

Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2007, Domaine de la Tourlaudière,

Vin de Pays du Val de Loire

(Best Rosé Wine in Show)

Petit Manseng 2006,

Domaine Les Acacias,

Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne

(Best Sweet Wine in Show)

Chardonnay Collection Réservée 2004, Vignoble Guillaume, Vin de Pays de Franche-Comté

La Forge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Les Domaines Paul Mas, Vin de Pays d'Oc

Le Carignan de Familongue 2007, Domaine de Familongue, Vin de Pays du Mont Baudile

Domaine de la Coche Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Domaine de la Coche, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire

Camplazens Syrah 2007, Domaine Camplazens, Vin de Pays d'Oc

Vieilles Vignes 2006, Domaine de La Jasse, Vin de Pays d'Oc

Fleur de Givre Florenbelle 2007, Producteurs Vignoble de Gascogne,

Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne

Merlot 2007, Domaine PY, Vin de Pays d'Oc

Les Coquelicots Braucol 2007, Château Chaumet Lagrange, Vin de Pays des Côtes du Tarn

Moelleux du Clos Vin de Lune 2005, Clos Triguedina, Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan




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