France: South West France

The Dordogne

The Wines of Bergerac, Duras, Marmande and Buzet
By Paul Strang

This Guide was last updated on 28 July 2011
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Main wine styles


Bergerac and Pécharment reds have black fruit and earthy flavours with good structure. Duras wines are fleshy, round with good colour and tannins. With around 50% of the blend made up of Merlot in Montravel reds, the wines are supple and round. Marmandais are supple, aromatic reds, Buzet rather plummier and sweeter in style.


A growing feature in this region and are mainly produced from the Cabernets using the saignée method.

Dry Whites

The dry whites benefit from modern technology often using skin maceration and low temperature vinification resulting in wines that have more aromatic qualities. They are fresh and lively in style.

Sweet Whites

The sweet wines are produced from grapes picked overripe and in the case of Monbazillac and Saussignac are required to have been slightly botrytized. They range from light straw to golden copper in colour and those from Montravel exhibit some spiciness and minerality, those from Monbazillac and Saussignac are perfumed, round and rich.

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