Domaine Sarda-Malet is one of the leading estates in the region, and offers a wide range of products, encompassing both the new styles and the traditional Vins Doux Naturels. In the family for over a century now, the Domaine is currently run by mother and son Suzy and Jérôme Malet, who are continuing to build on the fine reputation established by the late Max Malet. They are blessed with well-located vineyards on ideal soils, planted with quality grape varieties which have reached a good age. Yields are as low as 20hl/ha from the Terroir Mailloles sites, and the winemaking features temperature control and intelligent use of new oak where appropriate.
As well as these fine wines, Sarda-Malet continue to offer a wonderful selection of Vins Doux Naturels. The Muscat de Rivesaltes is light and fresh, and somewhat drier than Muscat de Beaumes de Venise - delicious as an aperitif or with dessert. The ruby and Vintage Rivesaltes borrow ideas from Port, but again feature lower alcohol levels. Most traditional are the aged Rivesaltes, rich and complex wines that compete favorably with the best old Tawny Ports, and sell for criminally low prices. View all Domaine Sarda Malet Wines
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Vin de Pays(vahn duh peh-YEE)
One of the lower levels in the French Classification system, Vin de Pays is an intermediary wine, created for vineyards who were not quite AC, but vastly superior to Vin de Table wine. Vin de Pays has restrictions similar to the AC, but on a lesser scale. Regulations include specified region, minimum alcohol level and grape varieties. The wine also goes through a tasting panel. Some winemakers able to make wine at an AC level, instead choose to create wine at the Vin de Pays level as it allows more flexibility in grape varieties and yields. There are five regional Vin de Pays, with the most popular being Vin Pays d'Oc (from Languedoc & Roussillon). Vin de Pays wines offer wonderful value and good wine finds.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.