The winegrowing regions of the south of France are vast and varied. Under the warm summer sun of this Mediterranean land, skillful winemakers in a range of appellations produce ripe, rich reds from a basket of grape types, the most notable of which are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. And because of their off-the-beaten-path nature and lack of recognition by connoisseurs, southern France’s best reds are still attractively priced. The vast majority of the 43 outstanding releases (90 or more points on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale) are available for $50 or less. And there’s a bevy of well-priced, high quality wines for less than $20.
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