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Midi Wine

Midi Wines

In viticultural terms, the Midi region in the South West of France is known for its production of simple, dry white wines, moelleux dessert wines and brooding, earthy reds. The white wines of the Bergerac area serve as good value alternatives to the grander Bordeaux appellations further West and Christian Roche at Domaine de l’Ancienne Cure offers some stunning examples. For Sauternes, read Monbazillac, a marvellous accompaniment to foie gras, whilst the Semillon/Sauvignon blend of Bergerac Sec is a marvellous substitute for Graves. For lovers of dark, tannic, muscular reds, Iroulèguy, made from the Tannat grape in the heart of the Basque country, is the place to turn your attention. Peio Espil’s two marvellous reds and his outstanding rosé will not fail to impress. Jurançon (near Pau) has won a reputation for producing highest quality, late-harvested, non-botrysised sweet wine from Petit and Gros Manseng grapes. Pascal Labasse stands out as a leading vigneron in the region and also makes a refreshing, dry white from the same varieties.

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  1. Côtes de Gascogne: Domaine Millet Merlot 2018
    Bottle
    £11.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £135.00
  2. Monbazillac: Domaine de l'Ancienne Cure 2016
    Bottle
    £15.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £191.40
  3. Côtes de Gascogne: Domaine Millet Rosé 2018
    Bottle
    £10.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £126.00
  4. Monbazillac: Domaine de l'Ancienne Cure 2015
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £230.40
    Half Bottle
    £9.60
  5. Jurançon Sec: Domaine Bellegarde 2017
    Bottle
    £14.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £171.00
  6. Jurançon Moelleux: Domaine Bellegarde 'Cuveé Thibault' 2016
    Bottle
    £21.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £261.00
  7. Jurançon Moelleux: Domaine Bellegarde 2016
    Half Bottle
    £9.60
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £230.40
    Bottle
    £16.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £198.00
  8. Irouléguy: Domaine Ilarria Blanc 2014
    Bottle
    £22.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £275.40
  9. Domaine Gardrat: Vin de Pays Charentais Sauvignon 2017
    Bottle
    £10.90
    Bottle (Case)
    £130.80
  10. Côtes de Gascogne: Domaine Millet Colombard - Ugni Blanc 2018
    Bottle
    £10.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £126.00
  11. Bergerac Sec: Domaine de l'Ancienne Cure 2018
    Bottle
    £12.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £155.40
  12. Irouléguy: Domaine Ilarria Rouge 2015
    Bottle
    £19.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £234.00
  13. Côtes de Gascogne: Domaine Millet Merlot - Cabernet Franc 2018
    Bottle
    £10.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £126.00
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Quick & Easy Guide to the wines of the Midi

Discover why they live longer over in south-west France.

Overview:
The Midi is a ‘catch all’ term for the wines of south-west France. Stretching from the Atlantic coast near Bordeaux to the peaks of the Pyrenees and inland across the river valleys of the Garonne, Lot and Tarn, this is a region with great history and real diversity. In viticultural terms it is known for simple, dry white wines, sweet dessert wines and brooding, earthy reds.

Area Under Vine:
40,000 hectares with production divided equally between cave co-operatives and independent producers.

Key AOCs:
Charentais, Bergerac, Monbazillac, Cahors, Madiran, Côtes de Gascogne, Jurançon, Irouléguy, Gaillac, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh.

Principal grapes:
Sauvignon, Semillon, Muscadelle, Ugni blanc, Colombard, Gros & Petit Manseng, Petit Corbu, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Tannat & Négrette.

Notable domaines:
Château Montus, Château de Cèdre, Domaines l’Ancienne Cure, Bellegarde, Cauhapé, Brana, Ilarria, Plageoles.

Local delicacies:
Bayonne ham, piperade (peppers and tomatoes), foie gras, magret of duck, cassoulet, garbure (ham and cabbage soup), Roquefort & Ossau-Iraty cheeses, Agen prunes, Basque almond cake.

Restaurants we like:
Café Ttipia (St-Jean-Pied-de-Porte), Café Jean (Biarritz), Le Clos Saint-Front (Périgeux) and Hôtel Charbonnel (Brantôme).

Famous people from the region:
Henry IV (Pau), musketeer d’Artagnan (Lupiac), Jean Bernadotte (later King of Sweden and Norway), footballer Didier Deschamps, rugbymen Serge Blanco, Raphael Ibanez and Imanol Harinordoquy.

Things to do:
Walk a section of one of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrim routes, relax at a thermal spa in Gers, Dorres or Luz-St-Sauveur, attend the salsa and bullfighting feria in Dax, play the tables at the casinos in Biarritz, relax to jazz by the Nive river during Bayonne’s festival, canoe down the Dordogne, Lot or Tarn, cycle up the Col du Tourmalet.

Bien classique:
Monbazillac Domaine de l’Ancienne Cure

Autre chose:
Irouléguy blanc Domaine Ilarria