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 d'Yvigne

    The Clos d'Yvigne vineyard is situated at Gageac et Rouillac on the beautiful ridge of hills tha...

  • Château Bellevue La Forêt

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

  • Château de Haute-Serre

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

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • Les Vignerons de Buzet

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

  • 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...

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South West France on Snooth

  • Montravel Comtesse de Segur Chateau Laulerie 2009

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    60% Merlot, 30% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc Big aromatic of black currant, plum, and mulberry greet the nose underpinned by notes of candied violets, licorice, and dried rosemary with just a hint of vanilla adding sweetness. Opulent and smooth. This has a graceful richness to it, sweet herb studded blackberry fruit coats the palate supported by... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Duc de Berticot Cotes de Duras 1990

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    I bought this bottle of wine in an auction [www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/55358] and as I was the only bidder I got it for only one pound. I was pleased as the bottle had obviously been cellared properly with the fill well into the neck. The Cotes de Duras is an AOC established in 1937 [ although wine production in the area goes back many ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Island Girls of Corsica Moscasto 2010

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    Kak ! Not a very good muscat. Bitter, hot, and not very sweet. Poured it out, didn't even use it for cooking. That's about it. Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi


  • Domaine O'Vineyards Omg 2012

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    Another Wine from Naked Wines. I am still hoping for something truly good, but thus far, out of 16 different wines tried, I found only 3 to order again. This one really had a beautiful deep, almost viscous burgundy purple color. A French mix of Cabernet/40, Syrah/40, & Merlot/20, very fruity and to me, tasting of not much of any one of constitue... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Georges Vigouroux Cahors Château de Mercuès 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


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    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Domaine des Cassagnoles Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by killerlouise


  • Tempo Madiran Chateau Peyros 2006

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    I bought this wine a while ago from Leon Stolarski Wines and I think I paid around a tenner for it.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 20 miles north-east of t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Clos la Coutale Malbec 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Domaine des Cassagnoles Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne 2012

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    Very nice French blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Gros Manseng. Light and easy drinking with a touch of grapefruit, lemon, crisp acidity and enough backbone to carry the flavors. Great QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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