The University of Manchester Wine
Wednesday, 9th October, 2013
LESSER KNOWN WINES OF FRANCE
Presented by Bill
There are some 9,000
wines noted in the Hachette wine guide to the wines of France. Their 800 experts tasted 28,000 wines in order to
choose these 9,000 best wines. The choice for wines is large and often excellent wines are found in obscure
vineyards. Always sample the local vineyards when in France. The best of these wines
are to be found in the Vin de Pays. I have tried to collect a
few samples of these from from the 93 Vin de Pays noted in Hachettes guide.
Gascogne 2012, 11.5%, from the Hautes Garrone, SW France. Grapes used are a mixture of Ugni Blanc,
Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc.
Cotes de Thongue
2010, 13.5%, from the Herault region, Mediterranian coast of SW France. Grapes used are
Gaillac Comte de
Peyrolles 2010, 12%, Vignerolles de Rabastens near Tolouse, SW France . Grapes
are 60% Duras, Fer, Syrah with some Cab Sauvignon, Franc, Merlot.
de Ville False 2011, 13.5%, from near Narbonne, Gulf du Lyon. Grapes
Carignan, 30% Grenache, 10% Cinsault
Cotes de Ventoux 2011, 13.5 %, Tarn region, SW France
near Albi. Grapes are
Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mouvedre
Cote de Bourge
2012, 13%, from South of Bordeaux. Grapes are Cab Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Merlot