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Verget du Sud (Verget of the South) is a new budget-wine label of the Burgundy shipper Verget, a house known for good quality accompanied by a somewhat fat, oaky "made-for-Americans" style. Verget du Sud, too, seems to have been designed by marketing experts with the U.S. mass market in mind, but for all of that, its wines, both the whites below and previously tasted reds of similar price, are slurpable and attractive at their low-end prices.

Verget du Sud Verget du Sud 1998 Cotes du Luberon ($9.99)
Clear straw color, with fresh apple aromas, full and ripe. Simple, juicy fruit flavor, crisp apples and a lemony acidic edge. Nothing fancy, but a clean, refreshing and technically flawless table wine. U.S. importer: Vintner Select, Cincinnati. (Jan. 23, 2000)

FOOD MATCH: A good thirst-quencher, if not a singing match, with a vegetarian entree of "funky" mashed potatoes and turnips whipped with Stilton cheese, milk and butter and a dash of truffle oil.

Verget du Sud 1998 Vin de Pays du Vaucluse ($7.99)
Very pale straw color. Light apple-melon scents, fresh and delicate. Tart crisp apple flavors, fresh and bright, simple but cleansing with good fresh-fruit acidity in the finish. Good value. U.S. importer: Vintner Select, Cincinnati.

FOOD MATCH: Served as an aperitif.

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