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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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Malbec

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

  • Gros Manseng

  • Petit Manseng

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Popular Wineries in South-West View all

  • 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

  • Domaine Poujo 'Oihana' Madiran 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine for eight pounds when I visited the 2014 London France Show where I met the Domaine owner. The Madiran AOC was created in 1948,although wine making in the area goes back to at least medieval times, for red wines [white wines from the area come under the Pacherenc AOC ] produced around the village of that name about 2... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Montravel Comtesse de Segur Chateau Laulerie 2009

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    60% Merlot, 30% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc Big aromatic of black currant, plum, and mulberry greet the nose underpinned by notes of candied violets, licorice, and dried rosemary with just a hint of vanilla adding sweetness. Opulent and smooth. This has a graceful richness to it, sweet herb studded blackberry fruit coats the palate supported by... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Duc de Berticot Cotes de Duras 1990

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    I bought this bottle of wine in an auction [www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/55358] and as I was the only bidder I got it for only one pound. I was pleased as the bottle had obviously been cellared properly with the fill well into the neck. The Cotes de Duras is an AOC established in 1937 [ although wine production in the area goes back many ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Leeuwin Estate Cabernet Merlot 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Daniel Young


  • Island Girls of Corsica Moscasto 2010

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    Kak ! Not a very good muscat. Bitter, hot, and not very sweet. Poured it out, didn't even use it for cooking. That's about it. Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi


  • Domaine O'Vineyards Omg 2012

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    Another Wine from Naked Wines. I am still hoping for something truly good, but thus far, out of 16 different wines tried, I found only 3 to order again. This one really had a beautiful deep, almost viscous burgundy purple color. A French mix of Cabernet/40, Syrah/40, & Merlot/20, very fruity and to me, tasting of not much of any one of constitue... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Laurance of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Icon 2010

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    Mulberries, plum and a little liquorice on the nose. Red and black fruits, good acidity and velvet like tannins. Great value Cabernet. Read More

    Wine review by BradoP


  • Georges Vigouroux Cahors Château de Mercuès 2009

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • South-west France is an area where there are lots of quality wines at value for money prices Read More

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  • Evans & Tate Metricup Road Chardonnay Margaret River Australia Chardonnay White 2011

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    In a blind tasting I would have thought that this was a sauvignon blanc. Citrus, lemon, grapefruit and acidity dominate the front end, giving way to a medium finish of tangerine peel. Different but nice. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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