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Vineyards close to the sea, Languedoc

Vineyards close to the sea, Languedoc

Don’t quite know how I’m going to fit an overview of the diversity and qualities inherent in the French Vins de Pays and the dozens of minor AOCs into a 100 or so words. Suffice to say that this is the part of the list that manages to be home to both the quirkily niche and the more contemporary, varietal led, weekday wines. This is the place to look if you’re after a dry Jurancon or a well priced Merlot.
I also have to mention the wines of Boulevard Napoleon in Minervois: pound for pound among the very finest wines I have drunk.

Le Canon du Maréchal Rouge Syrah, Merlot IGP Côtes Catalanes £9.80
Château de Chambert Cahors Malbec, Merlot Appellation Cahors Contrôlée £15.00
Boulevard Napoléon `L’Angely` Carignan, Syrah VdP de l’Hérault £16.00
Mont Rocher Viognier IGP Pays d’Oc £7.70
Baron de Badassière Picpoul AOC Coteaux du Languedoc £7.70
Dom de Saint Lannes Colombard, Gros Manseng, Ugni Blanc Côtes de Gascogne IGP £7.80