Bag it up: I’ll take it

I think nothing of spending €60 on a bottle of wine in a restaurant. But that isn’t to say I don’t like a bargain too – like a wine that comes in at €1.65 a bottle.

After the various wine holidays we have taken and since gaining wine qualifications in 2016, I like to think that I appreciate good wine.

Then last year, I became a French Wine Scholar. So, it’s fair to say my knowledge du vin français is strong.

But I still enjoy quaffing a less expensive wine during the week. Which is why I was delighted when our friend Jenny introduced us to the Vignoble des Verdots in Conne de Labarde, a few kilometres south of Bergerac.

Vignobles des Verdots en vrac

Wines from the south west of France don’t carry the same cachet – or price tag – as wines from elsewhere in France. That’s largely because the wine makers of Bordeaux froze them out of international trade from the city.

Yet the wine styles from these neighbouring regions are very similar. Which means a wine from Bergerac is often a good buy if you are after a bargain bottle.

That’s even more the case (no pun intended) if you buy wine en vrac – or bag in bottle, as the French sometimes call it. I think that’s a linguistic way of distancing themselves from cheap plonk.

At the Vignoble des Verdots, if they produce more wine than they can bottle under the appellation controlée rules, they box it.

“A wine from Bergerac is often a good buy if you are after a bargain bottle”

We have been buying our wine from them for years now. I suspected that they had come to recognise the sight of two rather stylish gentlemen pulling up in a sports car outside the château every few months.

So, when we were there a couple of weeks back, I dared to ask for their loyalty card. It gives you €3 off a 10-litre box of wine.

“Certainement,” the young woman behind the counter said without hesitation.

So, now we’re paying €22 for 10 litres of everyday drinking wine. That works out at €1.65 a bottle.

It just goes to show: if you don’t ask, you don’t get. I’ll drink to that.

This entry was published on Saturday, 9 June 2018 at 09:36. It’s filed under Food and wine and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

11 thoughts on “Bag it up: I’ll take it

  1. There is also something special about the Lot; unspoilt and undiscovered. Hugs x

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  2. I always order the house wine!

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  3. Brilliant advice

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  4. Well just saying but I have diplomas from France and Spain on wine knowledge and worked in wine stores but never drank from those tanks. YOu can have good bargains from winegrowers themselves better while in the area. Cheers

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  5. If you know your onions (or more especially if you know your grapes) then France is rich in ridiculously inexpensive everyday table wines ‘les petits vins’ as many of our friends call them. And you quite clearly know those pesky little vinefruits very well indeed. Win-win I’d say and all the more cash to stash for a really great bottle when you eat out!

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