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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...

  • 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...

  • Gros Manseng

  • 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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  • Chateau Lagrezette Malbec Cru d'Exception Cahors France 2006

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    Earthy, stemmy and herbal on the nose with some sweet, small berry, wild berry fruit tones floating in the glass. A bit tough in the mouth with chewy tannins plenty of richness remaining. theres great depth to the fruit here, all mineral and dried herb tinged wild red cherry toned flavors. The wine remains firm right through the mouth, but well ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gérôme et Dolorès Morand-Monteil Merlot Blend Pécharmant Château Terre Vieille 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Frenzy


  • Chateau St. Didier-Parnac Cahors 2010

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    Incredible wine, very smooth. Full and robust with a good finish. Will be off the chain in 3 to 5 years. Read More

    Wine review by winewhorenfb


  • Domaine de Pouy Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne Blanc 2012

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    very drinkable with fruity undertones and probably the best white wine-- for the price -in the world! Read More

    Wine review by jjj999


  • Chateau de Gaudou Cahors 2010

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    A deep purple/ruby Malbec with a briny, blackberry, plum, black cherry pits, dried rose petals and soft spices, some faint earthy, animal notes on the nose. Palate sees follow through of everything on the nose except the animal/earth notes. Also has green pepper, cracked black pepper, vanilla with strong tannins and moderate acid. Has an unex... Read More

    Wine review by JasonMM


  • Domaine Poujo Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec 2012

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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. Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec is an AOC for dry white wine from the same area as the red Madiran AOC some 20 miles north-east of the town of Pau and 50 miles north of the Spanish border.Domaine Poujo is a 10 hectare property run by... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Croquant Comte Tolosan France 'Rouge' 2012

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    this is a wonderful Cuvee belying its age. love the color and fresh bouquet. while I like to know what other varieties were used; this becomes moot as the wine is that good. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • 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


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