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Sud Ouest

 

 

Between Bordeaux and the Pyrenees, South West region is a traditional wine, probably even older than its famous neighbor Bordeaux.
 
The wines of South West have often been confused with the wines of Bordeaux. But we should not conclude that these wines are of poor quality. In the story, Virgil and Horace praised the wines of the South West with passion.
 
Today, the wines of South West offer an excellent price / quality ratio. They should be commended for their unique personalities, fruit of tradition and local history.
 
General Information on wine South West
Situation : Depuis la région Bordeaux jusqu'aux montagnes des Pyrénées
Superficie : Midi-Pyrénées est la plus grande région française
Superficie du vignoble : 16 000 hectares (40 000 acres)
Cépages : Rouge :
Cabernet, Merlot, Tannat

Blanc :
Sémillon, Sauvignon, Ugni Blanc
Production : 270 million de bouteilles
3% de la production de vin en France
Type de vin : Vin rouge corsé (Madiran)
Vin blanc sec aromatique (Jurançon)
Vin blanc doux visqueux (Monbazillac)
Vin et gastronomie : Vin Rouge: Cassoulet, Canard
Vin blanc sec: Poisson de rivière, Viande blanche
Vin blanc doux: Foie gras, Apéritif

Region Sud Ouest

 

Caught between Bordeaux and the Pyrenees Mountains, the South West is a region with a very sunny summer.
 
The Midi-Pyrénées region (from which the wines of the South West) is the largest French region, larger than Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
 
Of the Pyrenees Mountains to the south, the Massif Central in the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Midi-Pyrenees is a beautiful area consists of mountains and plateaus, lakes and rivers. A region as diverse as the wines of South West France.
 
Information on the South West region:

Situation :

A la limite de la région Bordeaux jusqu'aux montagnes des Pyrénées

Superficie :

Midi-Pyrénées est la plus grande région de France

Climat :

Océanique (été chaud, hiver et printemps doux et pluvieux, automne ensoleillé)

Population :

environ 2 500 000
population de la région Midi-Pyrénées

Villes principales :

Toulouse (775 000)
Tarbes (75 000)
Albi (65 000)

Tourisme : Toulouse (la ville violette !)
Cahors (pont ancien)
Vallées du Lot et de la Dordogne (paysages)
Restaurants (cassoulet et gastronomie locale)


Sud Ouest wine

 

The South West is the French region where we find the greatest variety of different wines. It is also one of the oldest.
 
Many varieties grow only in this region: Tannat, Manseng, Fer Servadou, Mérille and a dozen other grapes.
 
The wines of South West have often been confused with the wines of Bordeaux neighbor. This confusion has generated many problems when the wine region of Bordeaux was drawn. It took depended determine terroirs of Bordeaux, and what other South West.
 
History, tradition, diversity of terroirs and grape produces wines typed with a unique personality. It may be noted tannic wines of Madiran, sweet wines Monbazillac, the intense reds of Cahors and aromatic white Jurançon.
 
The main grapes in the South West of France are Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot and Malbec for red wine. The main varieties are white Sémillon, Sauvignon, Ugni Blanc and Manseng.
 
Information on winemaking in South West France:
Superficie des vignobles : 16 000 hectares (40 000 acres)
Vignobles : 6 000 vignerons
Sol : Argile
Calcaire
Galets (des montagnes des Pyrénées)
Climat : Océanique (hiver et printemps doux et pluvieux, été chaud, automne ensoleillé)
Cépages rouges :

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Merlot
Tannat, Malbec

Cépages blancs :

Sauvignon, Sémillon
Ugni Blanc, Colombard
Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng
Muscadelle, Clairette

Production : 270 million de bouteilles
88% vin rouge - 7% vin blanc sec - 3% rosé - 2% vin blanc doux
3% de la production française de vin
Type de vin : Vin rouge corsé: Madiran
Vin rouge Intense: Cahors, Bergerac
Vin blanc doux visqueux: Monbazillac, Jurançon
Vin blanc sec aromatique: Jurançon (sec)

Sud Ouest wine

 

The wines of South West have often been confused and mixed the wines of Bordeaux.
 
But it is important not to assume that these wines are of a lower level. Virgil and Horace were sung in every key.
 
About 5 appellations South West
 
  • Cahors
  • Jurançon
  • Madiran
  • Bergerac
  • Monbazillac
  • other wines
 
For many French, the South West is synonymous with food and cooking!

Le vin du Sud Ouest et la Gastronomie

Because the wines of the South West are so varied, cullinaires dishes that will accompany these wines are equally varied.
 
The red wines are perfect with the local cuisine such as cassoulet and duck confit.
 
Dry white wines are famous with river fish (such as trout and salmon caught locally) or with white meat.
 
Sweet white wines are in agreement with foie gras or make good appetizers.
 
Wines of South West: 5 names in the Wine Guide
 
Gastronomy South West:
 
The people of South West love the rich cuisine. This is called the "French Paradox". Revenue actually have not changed in years. It seems that the giant companies of food have little power in this region of the world!
 
Cassoulet (beans and sausages, meats - the English are always amazed to see one of their favorite breakfasts as a basis favorite one of the most famous dishes of French cuisine! Cassoulet In fact, it's cassoulet and has no equivalent)
  • Bayonne ham
  • Poule au Pot
  • chicken Basquaise
  • Cheeses of the South West of France
 
The South West region is a place known for its cheeses such as:
  • Roquefort
  • Ossau Iraty
Rocamadour


Jurançon

 

 

Jurançon became famous when it was used during the baptism of King Henry IV.
 
The vines grow on Jurançon steep as in Hermitage. The grapes undergo both the oceanic climate and mountain climate in the Pyrenees. The winemakers use traditional varieties such as Lauzet, Petit and Grand Mansengs and Courbu.
 
Jurançon is a sweet golden wine with aromas of exotic fruits and honey. It can age for a very long time.
 
Jurançon dry color that pulls light green. The blanc de blanc is a dry wine fresh and aromatic. Jurançon sec represents 75% of the wine production Jurançon.
 
Information Jurançon wines:
Appellation : Appellation Jurançon Controlée
Situation : Au sud de la ville de Pau, dans la partie ouest des Pyrénées
Lieu : 25 villages: Monein, Jurançon, Gan, etc
Sol : Argile
Calcaire
Cailloux venant des montagnes
Superficie : 750 ha (1,850 acres)
Production : 4.5 millions de bouteilles
Blanc sec: 75%
Cépages :

Gros Manseng
Petit Manseng
Courbu
Camaralet de Lasseube
Lauzet

Type de vin : Vin blanc doux
Vin blanc sec
Age :

Sec :
2 à 4 ans

Doux :
5 à 20 ans et plus

Millésimes recommandés : Doux : 2003, 2001, 1997, 1996, 1995
Arômes :

Sec :
Miel

Doux :
Ananas
Cannelle

Déguster avec :

Sec :
Truite ou Saumon
Viande blanche

Doux :
Foie gras

Fromage :

Doux :
Roquefort
Fourme d'Ambert
Ossau Iraty

Sec :
Cabécou
Tourmalet

 

 



 

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