Pays d'Oc IGP
Pays d’Oc IGP are wines from four separate departments of the Languedoc-Roussillon region along the southern coast of France. This is a very warm Mediterranean climate, although sea breezes bring some relief during the day. These wines were previously known as VDP, but are now classified as IGP, more in keeping with European Union regulations.

There are numerous style of wines labeled as Pays d’Oc, in part as more than 50 different varieties are planted. These include such famous reds as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Noir along with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Muscat; this last variety is vinified both dry (identified as Pays d’Oc, as well as sweet, as in Muscat Petits Grains).

Within the larger IGP classification, there are several AOP wines, one of the most famous being Banyuls. A very famous Pays d’Oc red is the Mas de Daumas Gassac, produced from Cabernet Sauvignon. This is priced in the $40 range, a good deal more than the typical $25 for most of the best Pays d’Oc red wines. This particular red, like many from this area offer excellent ripeness and distinct, spice, making them fine matches with game and stews. (Wine/Appellations)