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Vins de France & IGP Vineyard

The classification of wine in France and the wine laws of many members of the European Union continue to evolve. In 2009 new designations of quality and authenticity were introduced by the European Union to offer a clear approach for consumers in their decision making.

From a French perspective the entry level of basic wine, formerly referred to as Vin de Table (Table Wine), is now known simply as Vins de France. Whilst they are considered France’s lowest ranking quality, many are far from being bad wines. A Vin de France can come from anywhere in France and are sold without their area of origin on the label.

Vins de France are typically sold under the producer's name or use a brand name that will make it easier for consumers to recognise. For a single grape wine, the name of the grape used is permitted on the label and other wines are blends. Most Vins de France are relatively young wines that are meant to be drunk with little ageing and much of that which is produced is consumed locally.

The next tier of French wine classification was formerly known as country wine (Vin de Pays), and accounts for more than one-third of French wine produced. In the new EU system, these are considered table wines with protected geographical indication (PGI). The wines may be varietally labeled, and may use the term Indication Géographique Protégée (IGP), the traditional “Vin de Pays,” or a combination of both, as in “IGP - Vin de Pays.” This label gives the consumer assurance that the wine was made in a particular part of France.

There are few restrictions on these wines, except that at least 85 percent of the grapes must come entirely from within the boundaries of one of the 152 delimited Vin de Pays regions. At this level, French wine now seems more focused on the grape variety rather than on the region of origin; however, in many cases this more straightforward approach to labelling now affords wine producers the opportunity to compete more directly with the consumer-friendly varietally labeled wines of the New World.

The designation is divided into three tiers:

Régionaux (regional):

There are five large regional IGPs:

  1. IGP - Vin de Pays d’Oc: This is perhaps the best known of the regions which covers the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
  2. IGP - Vin de Pays Val de Loire: This covers the entire Loire Valley and was formerly known as Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France.
  3. IGP - Vin de Pays Comtés Rhodaniens: This includes portions of the Northern Rhône Valley, Jura, and Savoie.
  4. IGP - Vin de Pays de Méditerranée: This covers the southeast of France.
  5. IGP - Vin de Pays Comté Tolosan: This covers the southwest France.

Départementaux (departmental):

There are fifty-two departmental IGPs whose boundaries match the political boundaries of a French département (“county”), located within the larger regional IGP areas.

Zone (local):

Another ninety-plus IGPs, known as vin de pays de zone, are smaller, locally specific areas, often named after a historic or geographical feature. 

 

 

Petit Ballon Blanc IGP Côtes de Gascogne 2020

From £8.50 - per bottle
A refreshing blend of local grapes from Gascony made by Producteurs Plaimont... Read More...

Petit Ballon Rouge IGP Pays d'Oc 2020

From £8.50 - per bottle
A plum-rich savoury-spiced and velvety red wine blend... Read More...

Petit Ballon Rosé IGP Comte Tolosan 2020

From £8.50 - per bottle
The Petit Ballon Rosé IGP Comte Tolosan is made by the excellent Producteurs... Read More...

La Brouette Blanc IGP Côtes de Gascogne 2020

From £8.50 - per bottle
A refreshing blend of local grapes from Gascony perfect with or without food... Read More...

Chardonnay Les Grenadiers Côtes de Thongue IGP 2020

From £9.50 - per bottle
Easy drinking, benchmark Chardonnay from the Languedoc Roussillon... Read More...

Domaine La Prade Merlot IGP Côtes de Thongue 2020

From £9.50 - per bottle
The wines of Domaine La Prade are classified as "Vin de Pays d... Read More...

La Muse de Cabestany Pinot Noir IGP Pays d'Oc 2020

From £9.75 - per bottle
A smooth, ripe and perfumed Pinot Noir from the calcareous terraces of the ancient Minervois... Read More...

Domaine de Saissac Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

From £10.00 - per bottle
A fine, juicy, well-priced Cabernet Sauvignon that shows just what the Languedoc-Roussillon is capable of... Read More...

Loudenotte Cuvée Reserve Chardonnay 2020

From £10.00 - per bottle
A lightly oaked Chardonnay from the Languedoc that offers fantastic value... Read More...

Cuvée Dissenay Pinot Noir 2020

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A silky smooth Pinot packed with Raspberry fruit flavours, smoky hints and a touch of spice... Read More...

Olivier Coste Chardonnay 2021

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A clean, crisp and fruity unoaked Chardonnay from the Languedoc in France... Read More...

Badet-Clément Révélation Malbec

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Malbec from France, who would have thought!... Read More...

Château Maris Vermentino 2020

From £11.00 - per bottle
Organic Vermentino from the Mediterranean coast vinified naturally follow biodynamic principles... Read More...

Badet-Clément Révélation Pinot Noir 2020

From £12.00 - per bottle
The Badet-Clément Révélation Pinot Noir Pays d'Oc IGP is an impressive and elegant... Read More...

Badet-Clément Révélation Viognier 2020

From £12.00 - per bottle
The Badet-Clément Révélation Viognier Pays d'Oc IGP is a white wine made from... Read More...

Henri Bourgeois Mont de Joie Sauvignon Blanc 2020

From £12.50 - per bottle
This delicious Sauvignon Blanc has much of Sancerre's class but without the price tag!... Read More...

Gérard Bertrand Gris Blanc 2020

From £12.50 - per bottle
A fresh & full flavoured ultra pale; dry and zesty... Read More...

La Gascogne d'Alain Brumont Gros Manseng Sauvignon 2020

From £12.50 - per bottle
Alain Brumont's expressive, fruity & fresh white wine blend from Gascony... Read More...

La Gascogne d'Alain Brumont Tannat Merlot 2019

From £12.50 - per bottle
Brumont's recently created Merlot-Tannat red blend is already arousing considerable interest... Read More...

Château de Campuget '1753' Viognier 2018

From £14.00 - per bottle
The Château de Campuget '1753' Viognier is a beautifully balanced and aromatic wine with... Read More...

Cuilleron Syrah Les Vignes d'à Côté 2020

From £14.50 - per bottle
A rich & minerally expression of Syrah from the star domaine of Cuilleron... Read More...

Cuilleron Marsanne Les Vignes d’à Coté 2021

From £15.50 - per bottle
Pure, aromatic & full flavoured Marsanne from the star domaine of Yves Cuilleron... Read More...

Studio Rosé by Miraval 2020

From £16.00 - per bottle
The second Provence Rosé from the Château jointly owned by Brad & Angelina... Read More...

The Bee-Side Grenache IGP Côtes Catalanes 2021

From £17.75 - per bottle
The Bee-Side showcases the lighter, delicate & more ethereal side of Grenache perfectly... Read More...

Hampton Water Rosé

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A super-premium rosé launched by iconic music legend Jon Bon Jovi... Read More...

Le Soula Trigone Rouge Nº XXI

From £20.00 - per bottle
Lot 21 of Le Soula's simple & very easy to drink 'calling-card' red... Read More...

Le Soula Blanc 2016

From £30.00 - per bottle
A characterful white wine blend of great complexity, finesse & elegance... Read More...

Le Soula Rouge 2014

From £30.00 - per bottle
A truly world class red made adopting biodynamic principles, vinified simply & bottle unfined... Read More...

Domaine of the Bee Les Genoux IGP Côtes Catalanes 2018

From £35.00 - per bottle
A rare, single-vineyard wine, produced in tiny quantities & only in the best years... Read More...

Domaine Gourt de Mautens IGP Vaucluse Rouge 2011

From £55.00 - per bottle
Organic and Biodynamic IGP Vaucluse Red of the very highest order... Read More...