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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Clos La Coutale

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

  • Les Vignerons de Buzet

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

  • Domaine du Tariquet

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  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • Château Bellevue La Forêt

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

  • Producteurs Plaimont

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

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South West France on Snooth

  • La Cave d'Augustin Florent Monbazillac 2010

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    Wine review by sfquixote


  • Chateau Lagrezette Cahors Purple Malbec 2009

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    A bit funky on the nose but very plummy. Aromas of fresh Italian plums, old wood, dry earth and hints of tarragon and dried sage greet the nose. Smooth and broad on entry, this is almost a bit soft, though the tannins remains fairly abundant and a bit fuzzy in the mouth, adding volume and tactile complexity. Theres a fine, clear, deep core of f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Lagrezette Malbec Cru d'Exception Cahors France 2006

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    Earthy, stemmy and herbal on the nose with some sweet, small berry, wild berry fruit tones floating in the glass. A bit tough in the mouth with chewy tannins plenty of richness remaining. theres great depth to the fruit here, all mineral and dried herb tinged wild red cherry toned flavors. The wine remains firm right through the mouth, but well ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gérôme et Dolorès Morand-Monteil Merlot Blend Pécharmant Château Terre Vieille 2005

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    Wine review by Frenzy


  • Chateau St. Didier-Parnac Cahors 2010

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    Incredible wine, very smooth. Full and robust with a good finish. Will be off the chain in 3 to 5 years. Read More

    Wine review by winewhorenfb


  • Domaine de Pouy Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne Blanc 2012

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    very drinkable with fruity undertones and probably the best white wine-- for the price -in the world! Read More

    Wine review by jjj999


  • Chateau de Gaudou Cahors 2010

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    A deep purple/ruby Malbec with a briny, blackberry, plum, black cherry pits, dried rose petals and soft spices, some faint earthy, animal notes on the nose. Palate sees follow through of everything on the nose except the animal/earth notes. Also has green pepper, cracked black pepper, vanilla with strong tannins and moderate acid. Has an unex... Read More

    Wine review by JasonMM


  • Domaine Poujo Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine for eight pounds when I visited the 2014 London France Show where I met the domaine owner. Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec is an AOC for dry white wine from the same area as the red Madiran AOC some 20 miles north-east of the town of Pau and 50 miles north of the Spanish border.Domaine Poujo is a 10 hectare property run by... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Croquant Comte Tolosan France 'Rouge' 2012

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    this is a wonderful Cuvee belying its age. love the color and fresh bouquet. while I like to know what other varieties were used; this becomes moot as the wine is that good. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Domaine Poujo 'Oihana' Madiran 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine for eight pounds when I visited the 2014 London France Show where I met the Domaine owner. The Madiran AOC was created in 1948,although wine making in the area goes back to at least medieval times, for red wines [white wines from the area come under the Pacherenc AOC ] produced around the village of that name about 2... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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