Vin de France

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Vin de France, category for the most basic French wine, that which used to be called vin de table, the French version of wine known in the eu as wine without geographical indication, known in French as vsig. Unlike the old vin de table, a vin de France may be labelled with a vintage and/or vine variety, although by 2013 only about half of the wine sold as vin de France has taken advantage of this relatively recent development, designed to make it more competitive with inexpensive varietal wine produced outside Europe. This category is much less tightly regulated than the aoc/aop and igp categories. On average during the period 2010–12 this lowly category accounted for less than 8% of all French wine, but it includes an increasing number of superior quality wines made outside the strictures of AOC/AOP and IGP regulations. See also france.