Introduction

By Paul Caputo

The southwest of France bears down on Spain from Bordeaux, sharing the Pyrénées mountains and Basque region with its southern neighbor, though also stretching eastward to Provence.

Appellations of South West

Béarn AOC

Béarn is an appellation for red, white and rosé wines in South-West France. Unusual in that its geographic confines are not contiguous, Béarn AOC produces richly coloured, full-bodied reds, lively, aromatic rosés and fresh, delicate white wines. Part of the appellation overlaps the more widely known Jurançon AOC.

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Bergerac AOC

The picturesque town of Bergerac and its surrounding vineyards produce a range of different wine styles from the typical grapes of the Dordogne - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. There are a handful of good producers here, but quality can vary.

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Buzet AOC

Buzet is home to some interesting red, white and rosé wines. Located at the northern edge of the Armignac are in South West France, it is perhaps best known for its rustic, country style wines. The appellation was formerly called Côtes de Buzet.

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Cahors AOC

With a dramatic setting in a meander of the river Lot, the charming city of Cahors and the region which extends around it, has been producing so-called ‘black wine’ from the Malbec grape, since the Middle Ages.

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