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Flashcards in C14 - The Dordogne And South West France Deck (25):
1

What is the wine growing area to the east of Entre-Deux-Mers?

The Dordogne

2

What is the climate like in the Dordogne?

Similar to that of Bordeaux, though with less moderation from the ocean

3

What is the major appellation within the Dordogne?

Bergerac

4

What wines are made in Bergerac?

Red and whites from the same varieties as Bordeaux

5

What is the less major appellation in the Dordogne?

Monbazillac

6

What kind of wines are made in Monbazillac?

Good value botrytised sweet wines from Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc

7

What are the main appellations composing South West France?

Cahors
Côtes de Gascogne
Madiran
Jurançon

8

Where is Cahors?

To the east of Bordeaux on either side of the River Lot

9

What's the historical name for wines from Cahors? What style were they

Black Wines
Very tannic and long-lived

10

What are the three broad land-types in Cahors that give rise to the differing modern styles?

The fertile valley bottom
The poorer soils of the slopes
The plateau above

11

What's the most important grape variety in Cahors?

Malbec

12

What are Cahors' other varieties?

Merlot
Tan at

13

Describe Cahors Malbec at its best

Oak-aged
Deep in colour
High tannin
Intense dark-berried fruit
Mature to reveal cedar and Earth

14

Broadly speaking, what classification of wines are generally produced to the southeast of Bordeaux? What is the most important appellation for this?

IGP wines
Côtes de Gascoigne

15

Describe wines from Côtes de Gascogne

Made from Ugni Blanc
Dry, light-bodied whites
Aromas and flavours of green apples

16

What appellation lies just south of Côtes de Gascogne toward the Pyrenees?

Madiran

17

Describe wines from Madiran

Made from Tannat
Deeply coloured
High tannin

18

What is traditionally needed to make Madiran more drinkable?

Extended periods of bottle-ageing to soften tannins

19

How are Madiran wines different today?

Riper grapes and modern winemaking techniques result in higher levels of softer, riper tannins

20

Which appellation is found right in the foothills of the Pyrenees?

Jurançon

21

Which wine styles are made in Jurançon?

Dry and sweet

22

What are the most important wines in Jurançon?

Complex sweet wines

23

What are Jurançon's famously complex sweet wines made from? What is the key feature of this variety?

Petit Manseng
High acid

24

How do Petit Manseng grapes of Jurançon achieve a suitable level of sugar for its wines?

Passerillage

25

What do the wines of Jurançon taste of?

Pronounced apricot and grapefruit with occasional spicy notes from oak