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

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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

  • 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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  • Producteurs Plaimont

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

  • Château Vari

    The vines of Château Vari were repurchased in 1994 by Yann Jestin, an oenologist, who immediately...

  • 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...

  • Clos d'Yvigne

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

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South West France on Snooth

  • Mont Gravet Cotes de Gascogne 2014

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    Clean and aromatic with floral notes of ripe melon, elder flower and nectarine on the nose. This is refreshing and light while still being quite flavorful, a full palate of minerality and bright peach and green apple flavors, zesty lime and a brief tropical note on the finish. Excellent value selection.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Haut Sarthes Montravel 2014

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    Binny's 3/2016. I love wine, but I always(?), lots of times, seem to be drinking a cocktail when my lovely wife wants a glass of wine. Open the bottle, she likes it, I drink the last 8/10 oz. two days/weeks later. Should I review it in this poor excuse for a blog/wine tasting notes? No I should not, but that said, this was a very good two week o... Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Séduction de la Beaugravière Jurançon 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Poupee


  • Chateau du Caillau Malbec Cahors 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Peyros Tannat Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Flat 1-note Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Château d'Aydie 'Origine' Madiran Famille Laplace 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Bobby Brugal


  • If you want dark and inky try a Fronton from South-West France made  from the negrette grape. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best Inky Wines?


  • Chateau Terrebert Cotes du Marmandais Malbec Cabernet Franc 2012

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 10/15. Consumed on Christmas day, 2015, it was paired with a fantastically prepared Standing Rib Roast. The wine didn't disappoint, but nothing at the copious feast could compare to the Roast. I rarely get disappointed with red blends that have a significant % of Cabernet Franc in them.2nd bottle from Wine Sellers of S... Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Camin Larredya 'Costat Darrer' Jurancon Moelleux 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by invinoveritas78


  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


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