Thouarsais wine is a little known denomination which is produced in the very north of Poitou-Charentes. Despite the name the town of Thouars is not actually in the region in which the grapes are grown but somewhat to the north and west. I suppose the region is in effect a satellite of the more famous Saumur and Anjou wines. (You can click on the map for a closer look) Continue reading
This area is the region of France where Cognac is produced and the less famous Pineau de Charente which is very popular locally, so there are many vineyards in the Cocnac region associated with these two products and they don’t account for wine production.
Having said that this region does produce wine and in the future months and years I will post blogs about the different wines that are available. As an introduction lets just set out what is on offer.
First of all there are a lot of Vins de Pays Charentais. It’s nice to say that, ‘Vin de pays…Char ent ais’ – it slips off the tongue quite easily, a bit like the wine does on a hot summers day. In the classification of wines Vin de Pays is in the third division of French wines with Vin de table bottom of the heap. That does not mean to say that some are not very good and that quite a lot achieve a very acceptable standard but it does mean that the producers cannot charge the higer prices that the other two categories of wine can command. Continue reading