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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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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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  • Last night I started a bottle of Chateau de Sabazan Saint Mont 2012  from the co-operative group Producteurs Plaimont in south-west France with my pork chop supper. Saint Mont only got appellation status in 2011 and I thought it a little unusual [ 70% tannant,15% cabernet sauvignon.10% braucol and 5% cabernet franc ] There is an intense cherry,b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau de Sabazan Saint Mont 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.nicolas.co.uk] for £16. Saint Mont got appellation status in 2011 for red,white and rose wines from 46 communes around the medieval Benedictine Abbey which once featured on the pilgrim route to Spain and where the vineyard is still in operation.Saint Mont is located 25 miles no... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • La Combe d'Aves Michel Issaly Domaine de la Ramaye Gaillac 2007

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.thesampler.co.uk]. 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 30 miles north-east of Toulouse in the Tarn valley.Ther... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de Grange Neuve Bergerac Rouge 2012

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    I bought a bottle of this wine at the 2016 London France Show where I met the domaine owner.Bergerac is a large appellation created in 1936[ although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans] for red.white and rose wines from 93 communes around the town of that name in south-west France.The grape varieties are simil;ar to those u... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Poujo Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for eight pounds when I visited the London France Show where I met the Domaine owner. Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh is an appellation created in 1948 for sweet white wines from the same area as the red Madiran appellation ie 37 communes around the village of that name some 20 miles north-east of the town of Pau and 50 miles ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Mont Gravet Cotes de Gascogne 2014

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    Clean and aromatic with floral notes of ripe melon, elder flower and nectarine on the nose. This is refreshing and light while still being quite flavorful, a full palate of minerality and bright peach and green apple flavors, zesty lime and a brief tropical note on the finish. Excellent value selection.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Haut Sarthes Montravel 2014

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    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • A tasty Zinfandel is always welcome in our house.  We recently enjoyed a 2012 Repris Zinfandel from their Moon Mountain Vineyard.Tonight was quite a pleasurable experience.  First we dined at a new (to us) restaurant in the district called Scion.  It was decent but nothing to write home about (good enough to write in the forum though); I tried a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Séduction de la Beaugravière Jurançon 2006

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    Wine review by Poupee


  • I could hear The Good Wife in the other room as I posted.  I can't really watch episodic television.  I get too restless. But I know it has a following on here.I was going to post multiple pictures, but none of the others came out well, posting them was turning into a chore (gotta clean up my phone's camera roll) and I lazily did not go back and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How to store wine, or anyway...


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