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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Varietals Produced in South West France View all

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

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 de Gaudou

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

  • 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 givin...

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • Alain Brumont

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

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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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