South West France Wine

South West France, or Sud Ouest, is a large expanse that covers several districts within the country, with the exception of Bordeaux, Languedoc, and Rousillon. The Romans were the first to produce wine here, long before Bordeaux vineyards were ever established. In the early Middle Ages, with a now established Bordeaux region, this area was referred to as “High Country.” Both areas would send their goods via tributaries of the main rivers, the Garonne and Dordogne, to other areas off the Atlantic Coast. High Country grapes ripened sooner than in Bordeaux, so the wines could be bottled and sold more quickly, which threatened Bordeaux producers who wanted their piece of the action. In the 13th and 14th century, the Bordelais established the “police des vins” which stipulated that no High Country wine could be sold until most of the Bordeaux wine left port. Barrels of South West wine would sit in storage, fetching much lower prices in the already saturated marketplace once they could Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of South West France

  • Gascony

      Gascony, or Gascogne, is a large region in southwest France that encompasses such appellat...

  • Basque

  • Béarn

Popular Wineries in South West France View all

  • Château de Haute-Serre

    From an old Lot line, working for over a century in the wine business the Vigouroux family has ga...

  • Les Vignerons de Buzet

    Gascony is bordered by the Ocean, the Pyrenees and the Garonne. At the heart of this magical regi...

  • Château Vari

    The vines of Château Vari were repurchased in 1994 by Yann Jestin, an oenologist, who immediately...

  • Château de Gaudou

    Cahors a noble and strong name, Cahors a city, a vineyard, and more importantly a Wine. These thr...

  • Producteurs Plaimont

    In 1979, some determined winegrowers, assisted by André Dubosc embarked on the challenge of giv...

  • Château Bellevue La Forêt

    The history of Fronton's vineyards are tied to the history of this southwest region of France whi...

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South West France on Snooth

  • Domaine Cauhape 'La Canopee' Jurancon Sec 2008

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/105505 for £10.50.Jurancon is an appellation created in 1936 for both dry [sec] and sweet white wines from 25 communes around the village of that name. This is located a couple of miles south of the town of Pau in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains 30 mile... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Escausses 'Cuvee des Drilles' 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a shop in north London [www.theatreofwine.com].Gaillac is an appellation created in 1938 although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans for red,rose,white and sparkling wines from 50 communes around the small town of that name some 50 miles north-east of Toulouse in the Tarn valley.The... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau les Bouysses Cahors 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/126114 for £10. Cahors is an appellation created in 1971,although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans,for red wines only made of a minimum of 70% malbec [known as cot or auxerrois in these parts] from seven communes around the town of Cahors in... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Elian du Ros le Vin Est Un Fete Cotes du Marmandais 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Primrose Hill [www.bottleapostle.com] for £12.50. The Cotes du Marmandais is an appellation created in 1990,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for red and white wines [though 85% are red] from 29 communes along both banks of the river Garonne around the town of Marmande to ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Alain Brumont Chateau Bouscasse Madiran 2011

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    Interesting wine. I get no fruit at all on the tip of my tongue. I do get some pretty serious tannin mid- to rear-palate. Im very OK with the lack of fruitit does taste like real wine. However, this wine seems to have no complexity, and, at the risk of being completely pretentious, no soul. On the other hand, its darned inexpensive. So, wh... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Lionel Osmin & Cie Gailla Duras & Brancol 2013

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    Very good for such a medium bodied wine. The grapes are a good pairing with blackberry and dark cherry joining smooth tannins and peppery acidity. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Lionel Osmin & Cie Gailla Duras & Brancol 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by effell


  • Chateau Haut-Monplaisir "Prestige" Cahors 2012

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    This was a truer expression of the terroir than anything, which is why I like malbec from Cahors. Blackberry, pepper, short bursts of florals as you swirl. The tannic structure is soft, but notiible and is balanced by good acidity. Well done - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Domaine de Grange Neuve Monbazillac 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the producer at the London France Show. The Monbazillac appellation was set up in 1936 [although wine production in the area goes back to at least the Benedictine monks of the 12th century] for sweet white wines produced in 5 communes around the village of that name on the south-west bank of the Dordogne... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Irouleguy Domaine Ilarria 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Wiltshire [www.yapp.co.uk ] for £19.Irouleguy is an appellation created in 1990 [although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans ] for red,rose and white wines from 9 communes around the village of that name located about 25 miles south-east of the town of Biaritz in the foothills of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Want to taste a very good Fronton, made with flavoured Négrette ? Try Château Viguerie de Beulaygue "Croix de l'Agneau 2007" or "Tradition 2007", both Gold medal at Paris concours 2009 ! See : http://www.vins-tarn-et-garonne.fr/?page_id=113&id=328

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  • Discover the tasty terroir wine of France South-west Tarn-et-Garonne, located between Toulouse and Cahors. Just visit http://www.vins-tarn-et-garonne.fr/

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