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South West France

South West France

The South West of France is largely overlooked as a winemaking region, but this is grossly unfair for a number of reasons.  It has a very fine culinary tradition that can only be complemented by good local wines; it maintains a suite of indigenous and interesting grapes; it was influenced by Bordeaux and produced fine enough wines to be part of the trade of that town before legislation forbade this; and the winemaking regions ...

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    A bold and full bodied Cahor with firm tannins and luscious dark cherry fruit on both the nose and palate which are supported by savoury aromas of mus... Read More
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    A delicious fruity rosé made from the local grapes of Saint-Mont. Attractive aromas of soft cherry fruits reveal a palate of summer fruits with... Read More
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    A fresh, dry white made from quality grapes sourced from Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne. Fragrant aromas are followed by crisp green fruit on the p... Read More
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    Made from the local grape varieties Ugni Blanc and Colombard. Fresh and very gulpable; medium dry with excellent fruit. Read More
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    Purple colour. Fresh black fruit nose (blackcurrant and blackberry), with spicy and liquorice hints. The mouth is powerful but supple, with silky tann... Read More
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    Light yellow colour with green hints. Ripe bouquet of exotic fruit and grapefruit. Well-balanced, soft and rich on the palate, with notes of quince, p... Read More
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    Classic white wine from Gascony. Crisp fruit flavours that are both citrussy and tropical. Combines an intense flavour with fantastic drinkability, gr... Read More
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    This Sauvignon comes from selected parcels with in Gascogne. A stunning expression of the region this wine has zesty lemon notes with vibrant gooseber... Read More
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    Light soft and fruity. Delicious flavours of soft cherry fruits. A very fragrant and easy drinking wine. Read More
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    Fresh and fruity, this is very gulpable, medium dry with excellent fruit. Read More
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    Honest and unpretentious wine with a pleasantly harmonized crisp aroma and finish. Great as a party wine or as an aperitif to a wide range if dishes. Read More
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    A deliciously soft, full flavoured rosé with aromas of raspberries and redcurrants providing a long and elegant finish. Read More
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    A smooth and subtle medium white wine whose deliciously fresh and fragrant nose is followed by ripe, green fruit on the palate to create a lasting fin... Read More
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    Quaffable, easy-to-drink red; well made and splendid value. Read More
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    Honest and unpretentious; crisp, dry wine with a pleasantly harmonised aroma and lingering finish. Read More
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    Made from a careful blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat, this is a juicy fruit driven red. Read More
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    Deep red in colour, this is a well-judged blend of Merlot's soft fruit and Tannat's structure, making it a full and juicy wine of repute. Read More
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    This crimson wine has a pronounced nose of fruit and is smooth, soft and succulent on the palate. The predominance of Grenache Noir imparts a depth an... Read More
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    Another success from Gascony, where the Plaimont co-operative continues to deliver drop dead gorgeous whites. This is well made and fruity with the Co... Read More
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within the South West are widely scattered, fiercely individualistic and all the more appealing for it. Cahors, Bergerac and Monbazillac are the pre-eminent appellations, and the Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne is a large, important and very good value source of everyday wine. Armagnac is a product of this region.

Styles of Wine

The scattered winemaking districts of the region, with their varied influences and indigenous grapes, have created a wide range of styles that they vehemently cling to.  The South West has not been overrun with international grape varieties and standardised methods.  The whites can be sparkling, crisp or sweet, the reds as soft or as tannic as you happen to fancy.  There is something for everyone in this traditional and beautiful part of France.

Key Vines

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc. Muscadelle and Sémillon came down from Bordeaux and remain of vital importance, as does Malbec, which is the key vine in Cahors and known there as Auxerrois or Cot.  Carignan, Syrah and Grenache have come in from southern regions of France and Chardonnay has achieved a foothold.

Many indigenous grapes are alive and well and worth searching out.  Tannat and Duras are both red and Arrufiac, Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng and Petit Courbu are amongst the whites.  Colombard was once primarily used for the distillation of Armagnac but has emerged as a wine grape in its own right.

Climate and Terroir

These vary greatly over the region.  Some districts, such as Bergerac, have a cool maritime climate similar to Bordeaux, others are influenced by the Pyrenees, and Cahors is equidistant between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and susceptible to the whim of both.  One feature common to much of the region is the danger of hard spring frosts.

Soil type is extremely varied, even within individual districts.

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