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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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 Bellevue La Forêt

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

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • 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 La Coutale

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

  • 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

  • Seigneurs de Monbazillac White Blend Monbazillac 2005

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    Wine review by MightyFlea


  • Madiran Chateau Montus Brumont 2005

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    A great wine, ** and a Coup the Coeur in The Guide Hachette, and rightly so. The tannins will need several years but the structure and the balance is fantastic. For sale in France at 16,50. It is a bargain of you compare with the prices for a similar quality Bordeaux. Read More

    Wine review by driscart


  • Château du Cèdre Cahors Cèdre Heritage NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by BillBull


  • Château de Gaudou Cahors Cuvée Tradition 2006

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    Lovely black spice, coal tones greet the nose and offer support to the slightly jammy, smoky cranberry fruit. Nicely balanced and bright with fine focus, if a touch lean across the mid-palate. Right up front there is a touch of wood that integrates well into the dark fruits which inturn are contrasted by a fine mineral note on the moderately lon... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine la Hitaire Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne les Tours 2004

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    Great house wine. Beware, next vintage is terrible. Guests asked me for this wine name and some got the next years' vintage = very disappointed Read More

    Wine review by madf


  • Château Calabre Bergerac Rouge 2006

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    Earthy feel and texture. Good but not super memorable. Read More

    Wine review by caj


  • Château du Rooy Red Bordeaux Blend Pécharmant 2004

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    for some reason this feels like a Christmas wine. It's a full bodied wine with flavours really make it feel festive. Tops out after about 3 hours of being opened. It has an amazing spicy taste, ginger and cinnamon on top of some cherry like flavours. Read More

    Wine review by digitaldust


  • Château Haut-Monplaisir Cahors Tradition 2006

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    A here-and-now wine (I'm talking about how it reveals itself - nose, mouth - all there in an instant). Heard v. good comments, but it turned out as nothing special to both my wife and me. The nose is supposed to be plum-heavy, but we found it to be... barn yard-like. Read More

    Wine review by shot2pieces


  • Domaine Lauroux Rouge 2005

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    This one was really nice. Here's my review and a brief piece that provides a bit of background on the people behind Domaine Lauroux...http://enotheque.blogspot.com/2008/12/names-to-look-out-for-on-your-next-wine.html Read More

    Wine review by enotheque


  • Château Paillas Aoc Cahors 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by parishoes


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