Southwestern wines to discover

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South-west of France is not only home to the Bordeaux wine region. It also boasts several other more or less known appellations producing excellent wines that are sometimes made from grape varieties not grown elsewhere.

One of the best examples is Gaillac, north of Toulouse where several winemakers have reintroduced local grape varieties such as Loin de l'Oeil which gives dry and sweet white wines, Mauzac and Ondec also used in the making of these wines, Prunelart that produces single varietal red or blended ones in association with Duras and Braucol.
Nearby, one of the most planted varieties in the Fronton appellation is the Négrette while a little further north, in the Aveyron, the Marcillac vineyard is the land of Fer Savadou grape, another name for Braucol.



© Thierry Joly
In southern Aquitaine, Jurançon winemakers produce dry and sweet white wines with local grapes for some of them very rare called Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng, Petit Courbu, Lauzet and Camaralet. The first three are also found in the neighboring appellation of Pacherenc du Vic Bilh, known for its dry and especially sweet whites, where they are associated with Arrufiac. In the same region, Madiran is a better known red wine appellation where the most common grape variety is the Tannat. The latter is also grown in some estates of the AOC Cahors where the emblematic grape is Malbec.
Near Bordeaux, the Buzet, Duras, Bergerac, Pécharmant and Montbazillac appellations essentially grow the same grape varieties as their prestigious neighbor. However, a bit of Ondenc is found in Montbazillac and Duras as well as Mauzas in the second. As for the vineyards of Côtes du Marmandais, they are partly planted with a local red grape, the Abouriou, and a bit of Fer Savadou.
Here is our selection :


Bergerac
- Château Barouillet
Dry white wines Gaia 2016 : 13 €, Truculence 2016 : 19 €
24240 Pomport, tel : 0553584220
- Vignoble des Verdots
Red wine : Château l’Excellence du Château 2015 : 20 €
24560 Conne-de-Labarde, tel : 0553583431

Buzet
- Domaine Courège-Longue
Red wine : Arrougeys 2014 : 25 €
47230 Feugarolles, tel : 0610809396

Cahors
- Château du Cèdre Bru
Red wine : Le Cèdre 2014 : 35 €
46700 Vire-sur-Lot, tel : 0565365387
- Château Lamartine
Red wine : Expression 2014 : 25 €
46700 Soturac, tel : 0565365414
- Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve
Red wine : Laquet 2012 : 28 €, La Margueritte 2015 : 55 €
46700 Lacapelle Cabanac, tel : 0565242237

Duras
- Domaine Mouthes-Le Bihan
Red wines : L’Aimé chai 2014 : 6,75 €, La Pie Colette rouge 2015 : 9 €, Vieillefont rouge 2014 : 12 €
47120 Saint-Jean-de-Duras, tel : 0553830698

Fronton
- Château Plaisance
Red wine : Alabets 2015 : 5,75 €
31340 Vacquiers, tel : 0561849741
- Domaine Le Roc
Red wines : Folle Noire d’Ambat 2015 / 2016 : 8 €, Don Quichotte 2014 : 12,50 €31620 Fronton, tel : 0561829390

Gaillac
- Domaine Rotier
Dry white wines : Esquisse 2016 : 9 €, Les Gravels 2015 : 10 €, Renaissance 2015 : 13 € Sweet white wine : Renaissance vendanges tardives 2013 : €16.40
81600 Cadalen, tel : 0563417514
- L’Enclos des Braves
Dry White wine : Les Gourmands blanc 2015 : 9 €
Red wines : Tombé du Ciel 2015 : 8 €, Les Gourmands rouge 2015 : 10 €
Sweet white wine : Les Gourmands doux 2015 : 12 €
81800 Rabastens, tel : 0563403349

Jurançon
- Clos Lapeyre
Dry white wines : Vitatge Vielh 2013 : 15 €, Mantoulan 2011 : 21 €, Evidencia Nature 2016 : 16 €
64100 Jurançon, tel : 0559215080
- Clos Thou
Sweet white wine : Suprême de Thou 2015 : 19 €
64110 Jurançon, tel : 0559060860
- Domaine Bellegarde
Dry white wines Unique 2016 : 9,80 €, La Pierre Blanche 2016 : 13 €, Solido 2014 : 19 €
Sweet white wine Cuvée Thibaut 2014 : 16 €
64360 Monein, tel : 0559213317
- Domaine Nigri
Dry white wines Confluence 2016 : 8,80 €, Pierre de Lune 2016 : 9,80 €
Sweet white wines Pas de deux 2015 : 10 €, Toute une histoire 2015 : 15 €
64360 Monein, tel : 0559214201

Madiran
- Château d’Aydie
Red wine : Les 2 Vaches Rouges : 9 €, Odé Aydie 2014 : 11 €, Château Aydie 2014 : 17 €
Sweet red wine : Tannat Vintage Maydie : 14 €
64330 Aydie, tel : 0559040800
- Domaine Labranche Laffont
Red wine : Vieilles Vignes 2014 : 14 €
32400 Maumusson-Laguian, tel : 0562697490

Marcillac
- Domaine du Cros
Red wine : Cuvée Vielles Vignes 2014 : 11 €
12390 Goutrens, tel : 0565727177

Côtes du Marmandais
- Domaine Elian Da Ros
White wine : Coucou blanc 2015 : 18,50 €
Red wines : Abouriou 2015 : 13 €, Vignoble d’Elian 2015 : 13 €
47250 Cocumont, tel : 0553207522


Pacherenc du Vic Bilh
- Château d’Aydie
Dry white wine : Odé d’Aydie 2016 : €15
64330 Aydie, tel : 0559040800
- Domaine Labranche Laffont
Dry white wine : Jurançon sec 2016 : €12.50
32400 Maumusson-Laguian, tel : 0562697490


Pécharmant
- Château Barouillet,
Red wines : Pécharmant 2015 : €10, Hécate 2014 : €19
24240 Pomport, tel : 0553584220

Montbazillac
- Vignoble des Verdots
Sweet white wine : Château Les Tours des Verdots 2014 : €16.50
24560 Conne-de-Labarde, tel : 0553583431


November 23, 2017
Thierry Joly