Vin de France puts faith in 87 wines

05 March, 2014

The body that represents pan-French appellation Vin de France has picked 87 wines to represent the country this year.

A panel of 25 international experts blind-tasted 290 wines to pick the selection.

The British judges were Ana Sapungiu of Oddbins, Beth Willard of Direct Wines, Ben Cahill from the Co-op and Marcel Orford-Williams of the Wine Society.

Sapungiu said: “Vin de France is an opportunity for people doing the right things to build a brand and be successful. And what I like about it is that it is trying to make wine for the end consumer, not terroir-driven, but grape and style-driven.”

Willard added: “Vin de France allows us to shop around, be flexible and think outside the box. It allows us to do something that’s more off the wall and evocative of the country as a whole.”

And Cahill said: “The combination of Old World know-how and New World ideas is one you can’t trump. Vin de France is France’s opportunity to reinvent itself as a go-to country for everyday wine.”

The 290 wines in the competition came from 60 producers. Thirteen gold medals were awarded – seven red and six white; and 74 silver medals – 36 white, 28 red and 10 rosé.

Valérie Pajotin, director of representative body Anivin de France, said: “The last five years have seen a real development in the range and breadth of Vin de France wines entered into the competition. At the beginning it was only single varietal wines, but year after year you can see winemakers understanding that the asset of this category is to be able to blend between regions.

“There are a lot of wines with a little bit of Muscat this year; last year was the first time we saw Gros Manseng. And I am personally excited to see both Merlot and Malbec varietal wines come to the fore this year, alongside the more classic Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay wines.”

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