Wine: How the sud-ouest was won

Musketeer country in the south-west of France is underrated in a vinicultural sense, but the region still has plenty to offer, writes Tomas Clancy.

27th April, 2014
The south-west of France has often been poorly explored by wine lovers, but there are signs that this is changing.

In France, they use the phrase ''sud-ouest in a not dissimilar way to how we use the phrase ''gach treo eile on road signs. It's the shorthand for everywhere else.

In simple geographic terms, France's sud-ouest is all the land south of Bordeaux and west of the Rhone that runs along the Atlantic coast and hits into the giant wall of the Pyrenees Mountains, the border with Spain. However, crucially, it does not include the...

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