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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

As a judge of the Vins de Pays Top 100 competition, ANTHONY ROSE admits that such wines 'offer the sort of interesting variety of styles that French wine so badly needs at the moment'. His recommendations include the 'ripe, peachy' La Baume Viognier (4.99; Waitrose), and the, er, 'ripe and peachy' 2004 Grande Rserve Viognier (7.99; Threshers). Gascony featured in three of the six white-wine trophies this year, including 2004 Vin de Pays du Comt Tolosan, Rive Haute Sauvignon (5.95; The Wine Society), and 2004 Domaine de Pujalet (3.99; Waitrose). Best Sauvignon Blanc went to 2004 French Connection Sauvignon Blanc (5.99, reduced to 3.99 until 7 June; Tesco), 'which stood out for its clean, aromatic expression of the variety', while the white blend trophy was won by 2004 Vin de Pays de Gascogne (3.99; Booths).