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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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Varietals Produced in South-West View all

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

  • Gros Manseng

  • Petit Manseng

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

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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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  • Clairault Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Estate 2004

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    Showing its Western Australian provenance with a little less fleshiness (when compared to the Dusty Dog). A wine still offering a rush of up-front black forest fruit but in a drier, gravelly-textured palate. An inky long finish with a touch of plum and spicey oak.http://www.spittoon.biz/new_australian_wines_at_naked.html Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler


  • Château Montus Tannat Blend Madiran 2003

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    June 2009 tasting of Montus 2003: deep purple, little sign of ageing. Hugely complex on the nose - meaty, dry, spicy. Palate: full body, lots of tannin, some sweetness, medium acidity. Lots of oak coming through. Liquorice, blackberry finish. Long finish.An amazingly enjoyable wine that can be enjoyed over the next up to 5 years (glad I have 4 b... Read More

    Wine review by Madiran


  • Château Lespinassat Bergerac Rouge 1998

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    I haven't tried the 1998 but have enjoyed the fabulous 2000 and more recently the 2002. I know all the grapes are hand picked on a small vineyard and have some superb reviews in the wine press. Cant seem to find it on sale anywhere though! Read More

    Wine review by Tofty21


  • Rials Dom de la Chanade 2008

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    Certainly something different. By fragrance you wouldnt know of it's origin. Reminiscent of a cross between New Zealand Sauv Blanc, South African Chenin Blanc and White Bordeaux. The nose explodes with lemon zest and citrus fruits with a dab of honey. Acidity is bright but not as tart as a Sauvy. Hints of straw with a clean finish. Bet you can'... Read More

    Wine review by NewWorld93


  • Vasse Felix Shiraz Margaret River 2002

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    Smooth flavours of strawberry and raspberry with well-controlled tannins. Smoky aftertaste. 87. Read More

    Wine review by mostly harmless


  • Bonny Doon Vineyard Syrah Central Coast le Pousseur 2004

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    Minerally cherry on the nose, with a smoky, spice and oak on the tongue. No fruit at all. Didn't care for this one. Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5


  • Badet Clement Cie Syrah Vin de Pays DOC NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by amelialong


  • Domaine Arretxea Irouléguy Haitza 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by jdubcali


  • Voyager Estate Shiraz Margaret River 2002

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    Excellent with beef; air for best flavour. Very French in style with excellent oak and good tannins. Not bad for a new world wine. Read More

    Wine review by gabandstephen


  • Les Sarments Ugni Blanc/Colombard 2007

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    Fruity, but overly. Good for a casual, refreshing drink. Buy again just to drink whenever. Read More

    Wine review by good stuff


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