Oct 27, 2017
A stone's throw from Bordeaux are wine regions that have been
around longer & make extraordinary wines that taste like
nothing else. The whites & reds of SW France will thrill you!
Although under the radar,they aren't that obscure & are worth
Here are the show notes:
- Inland and south of Bordeaux
- Goes from Aquitaine (Bordeaux and outskirts) to
- Regions closer to the Atlantic – on the other side is the
- Those that are close to and similar to Bordeaux
- closer to the Pyrenees, which use mainly native grapes to
create different and sometimes outstanding wines.
- We discuss the relationship between Bordeaux and Southwest
France from an historical perspective and then dive into the
- In the Dordogne/Bergerac, subregion we hit
- Bergerac: red, dry white, and sweet white
wines. Reds are Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Merlot. Whites
are Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
- Pécharmant: less character and balance
than Bordeaux Superieur AOP for the same price
- Monbazillac: sweet botrytized whites of
Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle
- In the Garonne subregion:
- Buzet: Reds of Merlot, with Cabernet
Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Cahors: Malbec: the most well-known
region in Southwest France
- Fronton: Red wine appellation uses the
Négrette grape: like blackcurrant, blackberry, raspberry, pepper,
violets, licorice, and can be rustic or even kind of steak-like in
flavor but can also be fruity and light depending on the terroir
and the blend. Also uses Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet
Franc and the spicy, peppery Fer making up the rest of the
- Gaillac Rouge AOP = At least 40% is the local Duras
and Fer (pr. FAIR) red grapes, both are spicy.
Also Syrah, Gamay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet
Sauvignon used in lesser proportions.
- Gaillac Blanc AOP - blends of the floral, citrusy, acidic Len
de L’El, apple-y Mauzac, floral Muscadelle, and Sauvignon
- Gaillac Perlé (pr. guy-AHK pear-LAY): slightly sparkling made
- Gaillac Doux: Sweet, mainly late harvest wines.
- Gascony subregion
- Madiran: Uses mainly Tannat with Cabernet
Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Fer
- Béarn subregion
- Jurançon (sec) is dry, with green apple, honey, green herb, and
crushed rock notes. Uses the Gros Manseng grape!
- Whites are also made into lightly sparkling (moulleux) wine and
Jurançon doux, a sweet wine made mainly of the soft, floral Petit
- French Basque country:
- Irouléguy: fruity, tannic red wines and
full-bodied, tangy whites. Most reds are Tannat/Cab Franc/Cab
Sauvignon blends. Whites like Jurançon.
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