jamie goode's wine blog: Serious Languedoc Sauvignon?

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Serious Languedoc Sauvignon?

France's appellation system is mucked up. The problem is, it's hierarchical, but the hierarchy doesn't really work all that well. Many Vin de Pays are much better quality wines than AOC (Appellation d'Origine Controllee) wines. This is completely confusing for consumers. Look, I'm not denying the fact that AOCs have helped preserve the wondeful diversity of French wines - it's just that in practice the whole system needs some sort of overhaul.

Anyway, the Vin de Pays category goes from strength to strength, but it's a shame that these wines have to be stigmatized by being a lower rung on the hierarchical appellation system.

Here's a fantastic Sauvignon that's the best yet Vin de Pays Sauvignon I've encountered.

La Baume 'La Grande Olivette' Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Vin de Pays d'Oc, France
Beautifully packaged in a deeply punted bottle, this is a serious Sauvignon Blanc. The nose shows lots of rich, almost pungent gooseberry and passion fruit (technically, this is a thiol-rich style, and it's almost sweaty), together with some green pepper notes. The palate is concentrated and intense with richness combining nicely with grassy freshness. Stylish stuff. 90/100 (6.99 Waitrose)

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At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Mmmm, that TN doesn't sound at all attractive...

...I'll have to go and get some now!

At 10:51 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I'd like to know what you make of it, Alex.

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Ian said...

Not available according our local Waitrose in Petersfield or the official printed Waitrose wine list

At 10:51 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Sorry Ian - may have sold out - it's on the website


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