Top 100 wines of South West

Discover the top 100 best wines of South West as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the wines that are popular of South West and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of South West

The South-West is a large territorial area of France, comprising the administrative regions of Aquitaine, Limousin and Midi-Pyrénées. However, as far as the French wine area is concerned, the South-West region is a little less clear-cut, as it excludes Bordeaux - a wine region so productive that it is de facto an area in its own right. The wines of the South West have a Long and eventful history. The local rivers play a key role, as they were the main trade routes to bring wines from traditional regions such as Cahors, Bergerac, Buzet and Gaillac to their markets.

The last Trading post before the wines left for the lucrative markets of Britain was the wine town and port of Bordeaux. Britain has been a historic trading partner for the region, which was nominally British for a period following the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to Henry II of Britain. However, Bordeaux businessmen saw the wines in transit as competition for their own local products and took strong measures to ensure their financial security. The result is the French wine map we know today, with Bordeaux being promoted and the other wine regions of the South West struggling to gain recognition for the diversity and Character of their wines.

This history also explains why the Bordeaux Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc are now three of the best-known grape varieties in the world, while traditional South West grapes such as Fer Servadou, Len de l'El and Tannat are relatively unknown.

Discover the grape variety: Abouriou

Abouriou noir is a grape variety that originated in France (Lot-et-Garonne). It produces a variety of grape specially used for wine making. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of grape is characterized by medium-sized bunches and medium-sized grapes. The Abouriou noir can be found in several vineyards: South-West, Cognac, Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Rhone Valley, Provence & Corsica, Armagnac, Languedoc & Roussillon.

Food and wine pairing with a wine of South West

wines from the region of South West go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or poultry such as recipes of beef tournedos with boursin, tunisian haja or chicken on a bed of summer vegetables.

Organoleptic analysis of wine of South West

On the nose in the region of South West often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, cedar or toffee and sometimes also flavors of brioche, quince or menthol. In the mouth in the region of South West is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins.

News from the vineyard of South West

Château Latour owner Artémis invests in Champagne Jacquesson

Artémis Domaines has taken a minority stake in the capital of Jacquesson in Champagne, the groups said in a statement this week. Financial details weren’t disclosed. The partnership marks a new departure for Artémis, owned by the Pinault family. Alongside Château Latour, the group’s portfolio already includes Eisele Vineyard estate in Napa Valley, Clos de Tart in Burgundy and Château-Grillet in the Rhône. Maison Jacquesson traces its history back to 1798 and has been owned by the Chiquet family ...

Laggan Bay whisky distillery to open on Islay

Plans have been approved for what will become Islay’s 12th Scotch malt whisky distillery. Laggan Bay is set to be developed by whisky bottlers and brewers The Islay Boys, in association with Ian Macleod Distillers. Argyll and Bute Council has granted planning permission for the distillery, which The Islay Boys said will produce ‘a traditional, double-distillation Islay whisky’, at Glenegedale in Laggan Bay, close to the island’s airport. The new development, on a two-hectare site, will also incl ...

Gigondas, Vacqueyras & Beaumes de Venise 2020: report and top-scoring wines

‘All good quality years have hydric stress,’ says Jacky Bernard, President of AOC Vacqueyras, ‘otherwise you don’t get the necessary concentration… But extreme stress is counterproductive.’ Scroll down for tasting notes and scores for the top-scoring Gigondas, Vacqueyras & Beaumes de Venise 2020 wines {"content":"PHA+VmFjcXVleXJhcywgcGVyaGFwcyB0aGFua3MgdG8gaXRzIHByb3BvcnRpb24gb2Ygb2xkIHZpbmVzICg0MiUgYXJlIG92ZXIgNDAgeWVhcnMgb2xkKSByb2RlIG91dCB0aGUgZHJvdW ...