Wine region: Bergerac & Dordogne
Bergerac and its associated appellations are strung out along the Dordogne river valley. Despite having been virtually annihilated by phylloxera a century ago and being viewed simply as an extension of Bordeaux, the wines are now rapidly beginning to acquire their own discrete identities. Of the various inner appellations Montravel is associated with a variety of dry, medium and sweet white wines, Saussignac is sweet Bergerac with a peppermint lick, Monbazillac is renowned for the stunning quality of its unctuous botrytised Sauternes-style wines, the delightfully-named Rosette, named after a tiny village, has a mere six growers making deliciously floral medium-sweet wines, whilst Pécharmant, which lies furthest east on the river, is an AOC for red wines only and has a particular gout-à-terroir derived from a mineral-rich subsoil.
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