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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • 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 givin...

  • Domaine du Tariquet

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  • Alain Brumont

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

  • Clos La Coutale

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

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South West France on Snooth

  • Chateau Belingard Bergerac Rose France Bordeaux Red 2013


    Nothing special here for a French rose. Subtle hints of unripe strawberry, a touch of lime and a little bright red cherry. There's some decent acidity but a fairly short finish on a light weight frame. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Chateau du Caillau 2012


    A first French Malbec for me (bought it at Jubilation Wine & Spirits - the best Liquor Store in Abq.). Loads of fruit compared to most of the Argentinian Malbecs I have had. Starts out with a 'jelly' fruit smell that quickly turns smokey and jammy, then a bit more smoke. Long, long finish which - surprise has a hickory barbecue taste along with... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Blackberet Pinot Noir NV


    Ok Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Vigouroux Gouleyant Malbec 2012


    Smooth - not as full bodied as expected. Elements of spice. Smooth finish. No acidity Read More

    Wine review by icbang

  • Baron d'Arignac Vin de Pays du Gers Moelleux 2009


    doce e agradável Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Old School Rose 2013


    Biodynamic Earthy and dry on the nose with floral aromas and a nice beeswax notes along with a hint of white pepper. Supple on entry with nicely integrated acids. the flavor profile leans a little towards the spicy end of the spectrum as well with strawberry fruit framed with accents of black raspberry fruit and a bit of inky spice. easy drink... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Old School Rose 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • Had a very good Minervois over the last couple of nights Chateau Saint Jacques d'Alba  Minervois  2004 plenty of fruit, well structured tannins and a hint of pepper or spice ,another example of how the south-west of France is moving from quantity to quality in its wine.I still have a bottle of the 2009 vintage in my cupboard to look forward to. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Chateau du Cedre Heritage Cahors Malbec 2011


    Wonderful, rich wine at a great price. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • We tried six wines at a free Whole Foods wine tasting event last night, and three were quite tasty so we bought one of each.  The tasting started with an El Perro Verde Rueda, which has Verdejo grapes from the Rueda plateau in north-central Spain.  I sensed grapefruit and other citrus flavors with this one and it's one of the three we selected. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

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