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.
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.
Madiran - a charming, picturesque village in southwest France - sits at the heart of the exciting wine appellation that shares its name. Established in 1948, Madiran AOC permits only red wines, predominantly from the Tannat variety. It’s sibling white wine appellations - which occupy the same geographic restrictions are Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh (dry) and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec (sweet).
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.
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.
Côtes de Duras is one of South West France’s good value appellations, known for its fruit-driven wines from marine and alluvial soils. Close to Bergerac, it typically gives wines from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Fronton is a small appellation known for producing wines from the ancient red Négrette variety. Château Bouissel is perhaps the most recognised producer from the area.
The red wines of Gaillac are known for their full bodied and spicy character, while whites are produced predominantly from Mauzac.
Produced from both Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng, Jurançon wines can be either dry or sweet and have taken on a sort of cult status in the wine world.
Monbazillac is a small appellation in the Dordogne region on South West France. It produces sweet wines from Muscadelle.
Montravel is a small appellation near the town of Bergerac. It arguably produces Bergerac’s wines. Produced with Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris, whites are dry, while red wines are generally fruity and approachable.
Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh is a small appellation in the South West of France that produces a dry and sweet white wine, often blended from Petit Courbu, Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng, Arrufiac, Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. The sweet white wines are made from late harvested grapes and are generally full bodied, with plenty of fruit and power.