By country :: France :: South-west of France
The south west of France is a very interesting winemaking region, primarily due to the fact it is home to a huge variety of indigenous grape varieties. This ensures that wines from this region provide a great alternative for restaurateurs, whose wine lists are, more often than not, dominated by international grape varieties such as Chardonnay or Cabernet.
South western wines, as well as often being unique in their grape blend, also offer great value for money. Furthermore, they are very food friendly, providing ample support to many dishes, particularly suiting those typical of this gastronomy-proud region, delights such as cassoulet and a wide range of confits among others.
This year, we had the pleasure of welcoming two of our south-western producers to our annual ‘Meet the Producers’ tasting. It was very reassuring to see two producers, namely Didier Barré from Domaine Berthoumieu in Madiran and Pascal Verhaege from Château du Cèdre in Cahors, who were both extremely passionate as well as down to earth and fun. It became apparent that their wines are truly an expression of terroir, and they make wines utilising their traditional methods and local customs, rather than attempting to roll out commercially pleasing wines to please famous American wine writers. Both also displayed the mantra
that, in their eyes, they are craftsmen, not businessmen; being a ‘vigneron’ is not a profession, but rather a privileged position as a custodian to their land that must be cherished and embraced.