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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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  • 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...

  • 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

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  • Chateau de Mayragues

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

  • Domaine Chiroulet

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

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South-West on Snooth

  • Clos Siguier Cahors 2006

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    dark cranberries,red licorice,white pepper, and a touch of cedar. Medium body, firm tannins,and good finish with a touch of spice. A great value.This wine can compliment a variety of dishes, from zesty pizza to grilled meats. Read More

    Wine review by edub


  • Les Rials Blanc 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Dude1964


  • Louis Alexandre Fresh White NV

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    Tried the 2006. Good wine, fruity, not too long a finish. Would buy again. Read More

    Wine review by Kreg


  • Colombelle White Blend Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2007

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    Very nice structure to this wine. This is the first wine I have tried that is made with a large percentage of the tannat grape (60%) and it was an interesting experience. Very concentrated dark fruit flavors with a definite hint of coffee. Somewhat firm tannins. I would like to try more wines based on this grape. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony


  • Knee Deep Shiraz Margaret River 2007

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    So plummy and sweet. Will only get better with age. Fantastic. And have you been to their restaurant? The best food I have ever had ... Read More

    Wine review by mikeyt


  • Château Pecot Cahors Tentation 2004

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    This baby needs a bit of time in the decanter, but boy does she open up nicely! Lovely deep purplish color, full of fruit and a little must on the nose with a hint of minerality. Tannins are well-structured and provide a long finish. Really enjoyed this, and a refreshing change up from the New World Malbecs. Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1


  • Château de Haute-Serre Malbec Blend Cahors 2002

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    There's a lot of age on the nose. Good acids in the mouth and nice fruits (plums and bitter cherries), its a touch tart on the finish, and has a really leathery component. Not bad for the price. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Château de Haute-Serre Malbec Blend Cahors 2002

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    Nicely aged but still full of loud spicy sweet sweet fruit. A little powdery like a lot of French wines I like. Overall a killer bottle. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Ringbolt Ring Bolt Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River 2006

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    I can't get past the bell peppery/eucalyptus astringency here. It remained closed up and herby even after several days. Some tasters enjoyed it but it never displayed any real fruit of spice like I had hoped for. Read More

    Wine review by azygos


  • Les Vignerons de Buzet Red Bordeaux Blend Buzet Baron d'Ardeuil 2000

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    A fantastic wine. Showing its age, but very tasty and great value. Read More

    Wine review by SnoothIt


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