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French Wine - Wines of Southwest France
If you like Sauternes but balk at the price tag, the Montbazillac area of Southwest France offers a very similar but less expensive alternative. A reliable producer from here is Château les Sablines.

French Wine - Wines of Southwest France
If you like fine Bordeaux red wine, consider the wines from Bergerac, Côtes de Duras, Buzet, and Côtes du Marmandais. These are Bordeaux look-alikes made from the same grape varieties as their more famous cousin— Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec—at a fraction of the price.

French Wine - Wines of Southwest France
Cahors is a region in Southwest France known for its muscular reds. One good example is the wine aptly called Pur Plaisir, by Château Haut Monplaisir. The 2001 vintage is an intense offering of smoked meat, the forested great outdoors, and lots of rich black stone fruit. Beautifully untamed and rugged to the core.

French Wine - Wines of Southwest France
The main grape of Cahors is Auxerrois, also called Cot in the Loire and Malbec in Argentina.These wines generally exude aromas of blackberries, black plum, and dried fruit. Wine from this variety in France is generally more tannic than the slightly rounder and softer version from Argentina.

French Wine - Wines of Southwest France
A leading estate in Cahors is Clos Triguedina. The Auxerrois-based wine, called Prince Probas, is a heavyweight that needs several years in the cellar before uncorking. The 1999 reveals rich fruit, chewy tannins, and layers of coffee, spice, plum, and cassis.

French Wine - Wines of Southwest France
Domaine Le Bouscas and Domaine de Souch are two biodynamic producers from Southwest France.

French Wine - Wines of Southwest France
Southwestern France enjoyed a streak of excellent vintages from 1998 to 2001.

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