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Southwest France – like a box of chocolates - Blog from Quentin Sadler

English wine writer Quentin Sadler explores the variety of wines from the Southwest of France in his blog. In an edited version of his blog below he explores the region and explains why he finds the wines so fascinating. He identifies the area as making excellent dessert wines and provides a review of Producteurs Plaimont Saint Albert Dessert Wine.

 See Quentin Sadler's Wine Page for a full version Southwest France – like a box of chocolatesPosted on 16/07/2013 by
Variety is the spice of life. We have all heard that old saying and most of us know that there is some truth in it.
Certainly I like variety in wine. I am never more excited by a wine than when I am tasting it for the first time, or experiencing a grape variety or region that is new to me.


One ‘classic’ region of France though seems to be capable of delivering enough surprises for everyone. That region is the Southwest orSud-Ouest and with the wines from here you never know what you’re going to get. Actu…

Bloggers and Wine Writers Admire Chateau Haut Peyrous Rouge

DiscoverVin have had three recent reviews by Australian wine bloggers.   Chateau Haut Peyrous-Retour de Palombières  Rouge 2008 from Graves in Bordeaux has received positive accolades from three popular writers.
Jesse Lewis from Perth writes about music, photography and "booze" including wine in his blogSealed with Wax.
Companion to the Graves Blanc reviewed last week. 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc. Those figures must be rounded up because there’s a tiny amount of Malbec and Petit Verdot as well. Laid back and confident, it sports aromas of red plum, pencil shavings, redcurrant jelly and a light touch of gravy/meat juices. Again, restrained on the palate. This is not overripe or a concentrated wine. Not lacking in flavour either. There’s a minerality which leans towards ironstone and a coffee & tobacco-like finish that’s structured with enough tannins to support short-mid term cellaring. Just what I felt like drinking tonight – nothing too bold o…