(TORONTO, ON) – Vin de France is the lowest of low French wine classifications. The only thing that’s needed is that all the grapes must come from France.
Come to think of it. This is similar to a label that says VQA Ontario, without an appellation distinction, like Lake Erie North Shore, for example.
While I prefer wines from distinct appellations, there are decent no appellation VQA and Vin De France wines. It just means you better hope the grape or wine producers are delivering a quality product. If not, expect rotgut.
Le Cirque Classique is one of those cheap and cheerful low priced wines ($11.95).
It is light gold in colour with solid aromas and taste of grapefruit, lime, honey, and apricots. It has a short and uncomplicated finish. Well made/blended and rounded with no sharp or cloying characteristics. Dry yet surprisingly flavourful.
On a hot day this summer, this would make an excellent patio wine that will follow through to the grilled chicken or pork.
Often these cheaper wines become very tiring after one glass. Thank goodness not with Cirque Classique. A very drinkable blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat.
Wine classifications are indeed useful, but the lowest of low may not necessarily be so. Wine classification systems can often be seen as a guarantee of quality but, due to their strict rules, a bastion against innovation.
(Le Cirque Classique, Gabriel Mefre, $11.95, 12%, LCBO Product #377093, Square Media Group Rating 88/100)