Le Ballon Rouge Vin de Pays d’Oc
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Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault
Le Ballon Rouge Vin de Pays d’Oc has an expressive nose of bright red fruit. The palate is attractive, round, and fresh. Thirst quenching!
Song: Mulberry Jam by Allah-Las
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ABOUT THE PRODUCER
About Le Ballon Rouge Vin de Pays d’Oc
Le Ballon Rouge Vin de Pays d’Oc has an expressive nose of bright red fruit. The palate is attractive, round, and fresh, supported by fruit, fruit, and more fruit. A real thirst-quenching wine! Perfect for your summer BBQ or aperitifs.
About Domaine Preignes
Situated between Béziers and Agde, on the sunny terraces of the Languedoc vineyards, winemaker, Jérôme Vic, and wine expert, Aurélie Vic, welcome you to Domaine Preignes le Vieux, an exceptional location that, over the last five generations, has been carefully preserved by passionate men and women. More than just a vineyard, come along and discover this outstanding site, steeped in fascinating family history!
The Ballon range of wines is grown in the vineyards of Domaine Preignes but every year Benoit Chazallon comes down from Ardeche to vinify the Ballon range. Benoit runs a biodynamic estate called Chateau de la Selve in Ardeche and is very attached to biodynamic winemaking.
About Vin de Pays Wines
IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée), is a quality category of French wine, positioned between Vin de France and Appellation d’Origine Protegée (AOP). The category superceded Vin de Pays in 2009.
The latter was initially introduced in September 1968 by the INAO, the official appellation authority. It underwent several early revisions in the 1970s, followed by substantial changes in September 2000 and again in 2009, when all existing VDP titles were automatically registered with the European Union as IGPs. The category forms the benchmark for the EU category (or PGI in English), implemented under various names in the different menber states.
There were over 150 Vin de Pays titles pre-2009. The list was rationalized and there are now 75 IGPs of varying sizes (see below).
Initially, producers retained the choice of whether to use the VDP or IGP titles on their labels, or both – in the form “IGP-Vin de Pays”. The old term has now largely disappeared from labels but often appears in some form in official websites.
The IGP category is intended to benefit both consumers and wine producers. It provides consumers with clarity about a wine’s provenance, while producers are empowered to make wine outside the constraints of traditional AOC laws. The most obvious freedoms are the higher permitted yields and a more comprehensive list of approved grape varieties.
Most significant in commercial terms is the fact that the wines may be varietals and labeled as such. This has proved beneficial – particularly in New World markets, which are much more focused on varietals than those of Europe.
While the IGP category sharpens the focus on grape varieties, it identifies vineyard locations much more loosely. AOC boundaries are drawn out meter by meter according to the terroir (particularly in the case of Grand Crus), but VDP boundaries correspond to those of much larger areas.