What makes a cru in the land of vin de pays?

on 02/10/12 at 10:56 am

Wine

As the Languedoc-Roussillon unravels a new quality hierarchy for its regions, we take a look at those in its top tier – and one that desperately wants to be.

The Languedoc-Roussillon, although best known for its vast volumes of Vin de Pay’s d’Oc (or Pay’s d’Oc IGP), is home to one of the greatest developments taking place in the French wine industry at present: an attempt to introduce a quality hierarchy.

Already partly formulated, it takes on a typical pyramidal structure, with just a few places capable of occupying the peak, and a wide base of less rarefied offerings.

At present, the Institut National d’Appellations d’Origine (INAO), which governs the AOPs in the region – and since 2009 IGPs too – has officially recognised three aspects to this new approach.

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