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 Tirecul La Gravière

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

  • Producteurs Plaimont

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

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • Château Vari

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

  • Château Bellevue La Forêt

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

  • Les Vignerons de Buzet

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

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South West France on Snooth

  • 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


  • Cosse Maisonneuve le Sid Cahors 2003

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    rich, oaky, fruity, with some hints of blueberries Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Bouscasse 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Le Prieur des Augustins Tursan 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine on the website www,bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/110831 for £10.Tursan is an appellation created in 2011 although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans for wines from the Adour valley west of the village of Aire-sur-Adour [located 25 miles north of the town of Pau in south-west France close to the Spanis... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine du Cros Marcillac Lo Sang del Pais 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop near Oxford [www.oxfordwines.co.uk ] for £10. Marcillac is an appellation for red and rose wines made of at least 80% mansois [ sometimes called fer servadou or braucol ] from 11 communes north-west of the small town of Rodez [about 70 miles north-east of the City of Toulouse ] It is a small appellation w... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Reserve la Colombiere Fronton 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in North London [ www.theatreofwine.com ] for £15. Fronton,or Cotes de Frontonais as it was known before 2005,is an appellation for red and rose wines from an area between the Tarn and Garonne rivers just north of the City of Toulouse.It is beleived that wine production here goes back to the Romans but in... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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