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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • 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

  • Chateau le Fage Monbazillac 1964

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    Beautiful golden/amber color. Very much a nutty nose with a touch of orange blossom. Charming on the tongue. Creamy, nutty sweetness with a hint of orange tartness at the back of the palate. A fairly rich wine that, more than anything else, reminds me of a low-alcohol sweet vermouth. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • La Cave d'Augustin Florent Monbazillac 2010

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    Golden color. Short lived hints of tropical fruits. Unbalanced and short aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Chateau Laurou Tradition Aoc Fronton 2005

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    Sediment! So rare. Some spice and tannin. Seemed characteristic of France. I'm not sure I'd enjoy it as much if I didn't go to France. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Clos Guirouilh Jurançon Sec la Peïrine 2013

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    Really nice Jurancon blend of Petite Manseng and Gros Manseng. On the nose there's notes of creamy lemon and a hint of almond. On the palate there is nice lemon pith, honey and a touch of almond. The acidity is nice but not overt and the finish is of medium length with just a slight hint of tannin. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Pigmentum Blanc-Cotes de Gascogne Aoc Georges Vigouroux 2009

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    Brownish yellow in the glass. Burnt syrup aroma. As forecasted by the color and nose, this wine is oxidized. Yuck. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Chateau Montus Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Uby Colombard-Ugni Blanc 2013

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    Rather benign French white made from Colombard and Ugni Blanc. Somewhat New Zealand Sauv Blanc'ish, predominately white grapefruit with some green pear and a good hit of acid but not much else. Not very complex with a short finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Richard  I also like syrah and do not want to make you jealous but I have had four northern Rhones this year [2015] so far;Chateau du Rozay Condrieu 1992Grand Vin des Cotes du Rhone Cornas Jean Lionnet2004M.Chapoutier Saint Joseph Deschants 2006Cote-Rotie Lucette and Martin Daubree Domaine Corps de Loup 2000I was fortunate to get them from the w... Read More

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  • Georges Vigouroux Cahors le Gouleyant 2013

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    Nice smooth wine. Not much to the nose but a nice finish. Perhaps will try with a decanter next time. Read More

    Wine review by dylanjmcdonald


  • Pavillon de la Catie Monbazillac 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Hercse


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