Tag Archives: South-West France

Harringay Dine Wine Me

Recently at a friends’ house we had an excellent supper, with lovely food accompanied by excellent wine, great company and lots of mirth. When we offered to have the same eight people to our place for a repeat performance, someone … Continue reading

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Château du Cèdre Cahors 2006

Where’s Malbec from?  Hmm, good question.  Well these days its new spiritual home is Argentina, where it makes delicious, rich and sensual wines that go extremely well with their signature dish, a fat and bloody steak.  That’s become the benchmark … Continue reading

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Chateau d’Aydie 2004

The South-West of France has a patchwork of interesting appellations making a whole variety of wines from Monbazillac and Saussignac to Cahors, Gaillac, Jurançon and Irouléguy to name but half a dozen.  Today though we’re going to look at Madiran, … Continue reading

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Viavino Wine Course Session Four

This Tuesday saw the fourth session of the Classic French Wine Regions wine tasting and education course I’m running.  The idea is to educate about the world of wine whilst also improving tasting skills.  In the third session we looked … Continue reading

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Viavino Wine Course Session Three

Last Tuesday saw the third session of the Classic French Wine Regions wine tasting and education course I’m running.  The idea is to educate about the world of wine whilst also improving tasting skills.  In the second session we looked … Continue reading

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Grande Maison – A Great House in Monbazillac

Whilst in the Dordogne recently, I discovered a couple of domaines that I’m now a huge fan of.  One was Vignobles des Verdots, which I’ll look at in another post, and the other was Grande Maison.

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Grand Vin Les Verdots 2000

On my recent trip to the Dordogne I found an amazing small Cave cum Deli in the market town of Ribérac. They had loads of older vintages that should have been selling at a premium but were stuck at the same … Continue reading

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Exploring the Dordogne

Hello there and welcome back to Hugo’s Reserve following a somewhat long Summer break.   I went to the Dordogne in South-West France for a couple of weeks, which was a real treat to explore, both vinously and gastronomically.  You … Continue reading

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