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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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  • Gros Manseng

  • 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...

  • Petit Manseng

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Domaine Chiroulet

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

  • Domaine Salvy

    Le vignoble du Gaillacois existe depuis plus de mille ans, il est étendu sur huit mille cinq cent...

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  • Good dry Brut (not the off dry version I had tonight) Champagne first choice. Flint dry Chablis second. Muscadet and dry Loire SB third. Graves SB/semillon blend 4th, picpoul de pinet 5th, Alsatian riesling 6th, Spanish and Portuguese whites next. Have even had pleasurably with dry chenin blanc, whether from Savennieres or South Africa. In Oz an... Read More

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  • Le Prieur des Augustins Tursan 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine on the website www,bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/110831 for £10.Tursan is an appellation created in 2011 although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans for wines from the Adour valley west of the village of Aire-sur-Adour [located 25 miles north of the town of Pau in south-west France close to the Spanis... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine du Cros Marcillac Lo Sang del Pais 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop near Oxford [www.oxfordwines.co.uk ] for £10. Marcillac is an appellation for red and rose wines made of at least 80% mansois [ sometimes called fer servadou or braucol ] from 11 communes north-west of the small town of Rodez [about 70 miles north-east of the City of Toulouse ] It is a small appellation w... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Reserve la Colombiere Fronton 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in North London [ www.theatreofwine.com ] for £15. Fronton,or Cotes de Frontonais as it was known before 2005,is an appellation for red and rose wines from an area between the Tarn and Garonne rivers just north of the City of Toulouse.It is beleived that wine production here goes back to the Romans but in... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Tour de Belfort 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by eric29


  • K Lys Clos Troteligotte Cahors Malbec

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    Good Malbec Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Evans & Tate Big Squeeze Shiraz 2014

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    Burgundy colored with grape and/or black cherry juice hues throughout and around the edges....semi opaque. Aromas are somewhat peppery and otherwise very fruit forward....thick ripe berries and some very ripe black fruits too....the finish is of muted cinnamon spice. Flavors are ripe and of soft jammy sweetness....there are hints of the savory... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • In Piemonte, esp Barolo DOCG, nebbiolo is "only" grown on south facing sites because it is a late ripener and needs the longest growing season.  The rule of thumb is that it's planted in the spots where the snow melts first. so, since we're in the Northern Hemisphere, that means south facing.  As the market for Barolo has taken off, plantings ha... Read More

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  • Domaine du Theron Malbec Cahors 2011

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    Dark and smoky red fruit aromas with minerality and salinity on the nose. Refreshing in the mouth, this shows good blueberry, cranberry and raspberry fruit notes with tart medicine notes and a stony almost briny finish with notes of earth, tar and leather. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaine du Tariquet Rose de Pressee Gascogne 2014

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    Refreshing and fun to drink. Raspberry, strawberry with bright acidity. The temps have been in the high 80's and finally 90 for several days so I served this with watermelon and it worked - wonderfully. Great little quaffer - drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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