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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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 Saint Christophe

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

  • Clos La Coutale

    The Clos La Coutale, a 60 hectares estate spreads over a stretch of land on the alluvial floor of...

  • Château Tirecul La Gravière

    Rising in tiers at an altitude of 60 to 100 metres, all the vines are facing North and East. A re...

  • Alain Brumont

    PleaA great tribute from a winegrower with exceptional standards of which Alain Brumont is very p...

  • Producteurs Plaimont

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

  • Château de Gaudou

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

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South West France on Snooth

  • Last night I started a bottle of Chateau de Sabazan Saint Mont 2012  from the co-operative group Producteurs Plaimont in south-west France with my pork chop supper. Saint Mont only got appellation status in 2011 and I thought it a little unusual [ 70% tannant,15% cabernet sauvignon.10% braucol and 5% cabernet franc ] There is an intense cherry,b... Read More

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  • Chateau de Sabazan Saint Mont 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.nicolas.co.uk] for £16. Saint Mont got appellation status in 2011 for red,white and rose wines from 46 communes around the medieval Benedictine Abbey which once featured on the pilgrim route to Spain and where the vineyard is still in operation.Saint Mont is located 25 miles no... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • La Combe d'Aves Michel Issaly Domaine de la Ramaye Gaillac 2007

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.thesampler.co.uk]. 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 30 miles north-east of Toulouse in the Tarn valley.Ther... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de Grange Neuve Bergerac Rouge 2012

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    I bought a bottle of this wine at the 2016 London France Show where I met the domaine owner.Bergerac is a large appellation created in 1936[ although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans] for red.white and rose wines from 93 communes around the town of that name in south-west France.The grape varieties are simil;ar to those u... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Poujo Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for eight pounds when I visited the London France Show where I met the Domaine owner. Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh is an appellation created in 1948 for sweet white wines from the same area as the red Madiran appellation ie 37 communes around the village of that name some 20 miles north-east of the town of Pau and 50 miles ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Mont Gravet Cotes de Gascogne 2014

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    Clean and aromatic with floral notes of ripe melon, elder flower and nectarine on the nose. This is refreshing and light while still being quite flavorful, a full palate of minerality and bright peach and green apple flavors, zesty lime and a brief tropical note on the finish. Excellent value selection.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Haut Sarthes Montravel 2014

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    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Séduction de la Beaugravière Jurançon 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Poupee


  • Chateau du Caillau Malbec Cahors 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Peyros Tannat Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Wine review by ekw590


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