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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Malbec

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Domaine du Tariquet

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  • 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...

  • Les Vignerons de Buzet

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

  • Château Saint Christophe

    The Château Saint-Christophe is an independent family-owned vintner from the Bordeaux area in F...

  • Château de Haute-Serre

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

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South West France on Snooth

  • 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


  • 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


  • Costes de Beyrac Buzet 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.nicolas.com ] for £8.50. It is from the Buzet appellation.This appellation was created in 1973 [although there has been winemaking here for many centuries ] for red,white and rose wines made from similar grape varieties as the Bordeaux appellation to the north,from 27 communes ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Bouscasse Menhir 2009

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    Strong suggestions of unsweetened fruitblackberry, currant. Some leather or tobacco on the rear palate which makes the wine seem harsh. Some sourness. Something of a minty aftertaste. Seems to be high alcohol. I dont think I paid much for this wine, and it doesnt suck (oenophile technical word), but I doubt that I will seek out more or reco... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Seigneurs de Bergerac Bergerac 2010

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    Delightful wine with plenty fruit, aromas and finish. The tannins are smooth and the well blanced acidity leads to a juicy, mouth watering finish. For under $10 this is a steal. 88 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau Haut-Monplaisir "Prestige" Cahors 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by docdom


  • Have also seen his name spelled as La Perouse. Apparently another victim of those crazy Pacific Islanders.Saw reference to him several times in the area when I went to climb Mt. St. Elias where the Alaskan handle meets the pan. If I remember correctly he made a killing unloading some Alaskan furs in Macau (hard to imagine now how much wealth was... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • 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/

    Comment by 241574po54 241574 po54


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