Vin de Pays d'Oc
By: Steve Mirsky   |    Writer | Persuasive Type
October 26, 2012   |   0 Comments

What is Vin de Pays d'Oc?

Wines of Pays d’Oc  are simply more adventurous bucking French wine making convention.  Elevated worlds above table wine (Vin de Table) but perhaps not entirely conforming to AOC (origin of control) standards...there is plenty of room for distinctive creativity in the Vin de Pays category.  Grown in the South of France's Languedoc Roussillon, over 56 Pays d'Oc grape varieties thrive in world renown terrain stretching from the Spanish border to the Rhone delta.  Growing conditions are shaped by a mosaic of clay, chalky limestone, & gneiss forming the steep slopes and dry windswept soils bathed in the Mediterranean Sea's temperate moisture and plentiful sun. You get ideal micro climates each yielding subtle and at times surprising flavor profiles.  Further compounding the array of sensory possiblities, these Pays d'Oc wines also come bivarietal and assemblage (blended). Top quality is assured by an IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) certification adopted by 2700 vineyards.

Tasting Pays d’Oc

I recently tasted a diverse lineup of Pays d’Oc wines at The Vinatta Project, located in the heart of NYC’s Meatpacking District. Lined up on the long zinc bar and communal wood tables, over 30 varietals were open for sampling.  As with many distinct wines, the terroir effect is immediately noticeable to the senses but these Pays d’Oc wines displayed striking nuances on the palate. Here are some of my most memorable encounters:

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