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The south-west of France has so much history, with many regions and local grape varieties. But the regions are often forgotten about, overshadowed by nearby Bordeaux which historically had a port to ship its wines from which the other regions didn’t. Bordeaux gained an international audience, the regions of south-west France less so. In general, the climate is quite warm but moderated by the Atlantic and by the nearby Pyrenees, so there’s a balance between ripe fruit, full body, and fresh acidity. In the past, I’ve had wines in the club from Bergerac, which is essentially a warmer, drier extension of...

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