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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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  • 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...

  • Gros Manseng

  • Petit Manseng

    This white wine-producing grape is being grown on small acreages in Virginia, notably by Chrysallis Vineyards. The vi...

  • Malbec

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

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  • Domaine Chiroulet

    150 km south west of Bordeaux, in the middle of the Armagnac region is found Domaine Chiroulet in...

  • Chateau de Mayragues

    The Chateau Built in the 13th and late 16th centuries, the Chateau de Mayragues is one of the f...

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  • Well, Paul, I suggest you try to watch as the wonderful current Republican 'leadership' runs from threats from its funding sources and tries in one fell swoop to undo 80 years of social progress in the US (New Deal and Great Society included). If they're successful the doomsday-clock-like countdown on something approximating a new civil war woul... Read More

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  • Domaine Cauhape 'La Canopee' Jurancon Sec 2008

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/105505 for £10.50.Jurancon is an appellation created in 1936 for both dry [sec] and sweet white wines from 25 communes around the village of that name. This is located a couple of miles south of the town of Pau in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains 30 mile... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Escausses 'Cuvee des Drilles' 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a shop in north London [www.theatreofwine.com].Gaillac is an appellation created in 1938 although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans for red,rose,white and sparkling wines from 50 communes around the small town of that name some 50 miles north-east of Toulouse in the Tarn valley.The... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau les Bouysses Cahors 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/126114 for £10. Cahors is an appellation created in 1971,although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans,for red wines only made of a minimum of 70% malbec [known as cot or auxerrois in these parts] from seven communes around the town of Cahors in... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Elian du Ros le Vin Est Un Fete Cotes du Marmandais 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Primrose Hill [www.bottleapostle.com] for £12.50. The Cotes du Marmandais is an appellation created in 1990,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for red and white wines [though 85% are red] from 29 communes along both banks of the river Garonne around the town of Marmande to ... Read More

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  • "The right didn't make a point of starting fights in the streets with Obama lovers,"Charlottesville?And Greg, are you equating Hillary with Melania?Also, going back a few years McCarthy was more fringe, and beyond the Vietnam morass it was more Bobby K's entry into the race that put the seal on LBJ's withdrawal.Can I be excused of a little cynic... Read More

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  • Alain Brumont Chateau Bouscasse Madiran 2011

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    Interesting wine. I get no fruit at all on the tip of my tongue. I do get some pretty serious tannin mid- to rear-palate. Im very OK with the lack of fruitit does taste like real wine. However, this wine seems to have no complexity, and, at the risk of being completely pretentious, no soul. On the other hand, its darned inexpensive. So, wh... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Lionel Osmin & Cie Gailla Duras & Brancol 2013

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    Very good for such a medium bodied wine. The grapes are a good pairing with blackberry and dark cherry joining smooth tannins and peppery acidity. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Lionel Osmin & Cie Gailla Duras & Brancol 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by effell


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