South West France

Sud-OuestEven prior to the Roman conquest of the region, it is probable that the Gauls grew grapes around the town of Gaillac.  However the Romains saw a huge potential, and quickly expanded production. The region is divided up into small pockets of vineyards that produce a great diversity of wines, some of which are very distinguishable. However the win...

Sud-OuestEven prior to the Roman conquest of the region, it is probable that the Gauls grew grapes around the town of Gaillac.  However the Romains saw a huge potential, and quickly expanded production. The region is divided up into small pockets of vineyards that produce a great diversity of wines, some of which are very distinguishable. However the wines here are often overshadowed by the Bordeaux region, and most of the wineries here at some point, produced wines with a similar style, in order to compete with the often more expensive Bordeaux. Many local grape varieties were replaced with the classic Bordeaux varieties (red and white), and almost forgotten. The last twenty years or so, have seen a renaissance of the more traditional grapes that now coexist with Bordeaux ones, producing some of the regions finest wines. The area is also where the famous Armagnac is produced.

Directly east of Bordeaux, further upstream of the Dordogne River, is Bergerac, where mainly the same grape types as its neighbour are grown. An AOC in its own right, Bergerac also contains six other AOCs, three of which produce powerful dessert wines. South of Bergerac, along the Garonne River are the two AOCs of Côtes-du-Marmandais and Buzet, near the town of Agen, which produce mainly medium to full-bodied reds, also in the Bordeaux style.

East of Agen is Cahors, where Malbec grapes produce full-bodied and robust reds. Gaillac, and Fronton, south of Cahors produce some of the country’s most unique wines with rare grape varieties such as Negrette, Duras, Fer-servadou, Mauzac and Len-de-l’el.

The heart of the region is dominated by the vineyards of Armagnac, where some of the grapes are used to make light white wines.

Moving south-westerly towards the Pyrenees Mountains, are another seven AOCs where the red Tannat grape produces powerful reds, and where Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng and Courbu are used for whites. In the AOC of Jurançon the two Manseng white grapes reach excellent maturity and can make complex and perfectly balanced dessert wines.

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    Vin de France, South-west France, Domaine de Cantalauze Great ancestral method sparkling wine from South-west France, made with Mauzac. A very different type of sparkling wine with flavours of golden apples, Mirabelle plums and tantalising menthol, which are all enhanced by delicate thin bubbles. The after-taste is complex, dry, slightly tart and...

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    Vin de France, South-west France,"Cant'Alauze", Domaine de CantalauzeGreat red wine from South-west France, made with Syrah.A fantastic example of putting Syrah to good use! Red berry aromas mix with notes of pepper and the easy drinking qualities of this wine will incite you to keep pouring!

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    Vin de France, South-west France, "Libre Expression 2013" Domaine de CantalauzeGreat red wine from South-west France, made with Duras, Braucol and Merlot.Expressive, fruity and powerful! This wine will captivate you with its subtle smell of black fruits, the generosity of its structure and its wonderful round tannins.

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