South West France - The Dordogne - Bergerac and Monbazillac

3 important questions on South West France - The Dordogne - Bergerac and Monbazillac

The Dordogne, South west france and to the east of Entre Deux Mers, has two large producing appellations, which are these?

Bergerac and Monbazillac
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Bergerac AOC has similarities to AOC Bordeaux, which are these? What is different?

Similar:
  • Bordeaux varieties
  • Same yields, max 55hl/ha
  • aged in rvs or oak casks (reducing cost)
  • On clay and limestone with some gravel
  • Red (50%), 40% white.


different:
  • Slightly warmer, and drier climate
  • 90% sold in domestic market
  • Red: at least 50% of two of the bordeaux varieties
  • predominantly Merlot


Good/very good, inexpensive to mid-priced
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AOC Monbazillac is for Sweet wines only! Describe the vinification and climate conditions for sweet wines here.

  • Near river Dordogne and tributaries; mist and dew along the rivers give high level of humidity, for noble rot
  • Both late harvest and botrytis grapes
  • hand picked with several passes
  • 80% of principal grapes; sauvignon blanc, sauvignon gris, Sémillon and Muscadelle.
  • Max 30hl/ha yield
  • < 10% export
  • good to very good, inexpensive to mid-priced
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