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

  • Clos La Coutale

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

  • Domaine du Tariquet

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  • Château de Haute-Serre

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

  • Producteurs Plaimont

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

  • Alain Brumont

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

  • 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

  • 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


  • Tour de Belfort 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by eric29


  • K Lys Clos Troteligotte Cahors Malbec

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    Good Malbec Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Domaine du Theron Malbec Cahors 2011

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    Dark and smoky red fruit aromas with minerality and salinity on the nose. Refreshing in the mouth, this shows good blueberry, cranberry and raspberry fruit notes with tart medicine notes and a stony almost briny finish with notes of earth, tar and leather. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaine du Tariquet Rose de Pressee Gascogne 2014

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    Refreshing and fun to drink. Raspberry, strawberry with bright acidity. The temps have been in the high 80's and finally 90 for several days so I served this with watermelon and it worked - wonderfully. Great little quaffer - drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Domaine du Tariquet Classic 2013

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    Lithe and with a straw note and a slight separation ring this provides many citrus and melon noted with bright acidity that provides a refreshing and uplifting finish. Go ahead and buy 6 or 8 bottles of this. Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Domaine du Tariquet Classic 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Domaine de Pellehaut Harmonie de Gascogne 2014

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    Old world in style with low abv 12%. Smoked meat on the nose; reminded me of country ham. Red fruit with medium acidity and smooth mouth drying tannins on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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