April 13, 2017

Pays d’Oc IGP Gems Collection 2016

By In Articles, Exploring the Languedoc
This is a list of the Pays d’Oc IGP Gems Collection 2016. These wines are the ‘gems’ of the Languedoc, a yearly changing list that highlights the quality and diversity of this vast region. While there is plenty of marketing material available form the organisers, the Interprofession des Vins Pays d’Oc IGP, their website doesn’t have up-to-date information.

“Collection is the premium range of Pays d’Oc IGP wines. Each year an international judging panel selects ‘ambassador wines’ to represent this high end range. Collection wines defend the quality and heritage of Pays d’Oc through refined and sophisticated wines. They also show the label’s modernity and creativity and proudly proclaim their Pays d’Oc IGP Origin”

My pick of the range highlighted in bold.

Pays d’Oc IGP Gems Collection 2016 – the white wines

  • Collines du Bourdic Le Prestige, 2015 Chardonnay
  • Domaine Gayda Figure Libre, 2014 Chenin Blanc
  • Domaine La Provenquière P Sémillon Vermentino 2015
  • Paul Mas Mas des Tannes Grenache Blanc 2015
  • Les Costieres de Pomerols Beauvignac Chardonnay 2015
  • Les Hauts de Janeil Grenache-Viognier 2015
  • Mas de Madame Muscat Sec 2015 Muscat à petits grains
  • Mas La Chevalière Vignoble Peyroli 2013 Chardonnay

Pays d’Oc IGP Gems Collection 2016 – the red wines

  • Aigues-Belles Cuvée Nicole 2013 Syrah/Grenache/Merlot
  • Alma Cersius Terra Patres 2012 blend
  • Calmel & Joseph Villa Blanche Marselan 2014
  • Condamine Bertrand Elixir 2014 Syrah/Grenache/Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Domaine de Brau Pure Pinot Noir 2015
  • Domaine de la Baume La Jeunesse 2015 Syrah
  • Valensac Entre Nous 2014 Petit Verdot
  • Domaine du Grand Chemin JMF 2014 Cinsault/Pinot Noir
  • Domaine du Grand Chemin Clos Rogé 2013 blend
  • Picaro’s Amano 2013 Syrah/Grenache
  • Domaine Gayda Chemin de Moscou 2013 Syrah/Grenache/Cinsault
  • Vignobles Foncalieu Le Versant Syrah 2015
  • Mas du Salagou Cinérite 2013 blend

“Pays d’Oc IGP is the largest denomination of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France and represents half of the regional wine production. Its vineyard winds along the Mediterranean Sea. With a natural soil diversity, exceptional climate conditions and 56 grape varietals at hand the winemakers create a range of unique aromas. Red, white or rosé, light or complex, they offer wines for every occasion around the world.”

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