Wine Tours of
the BERGERAC region France
The Bergerac wine region, while being seven ‘regions’, is easily experienced from one accommodation base as it has a good road system in all directions with numerous roads servicing the various grape-growing areas. While an established “La Route des Vins” with signage is found throughout the region, it is designed more to allow you to see vineyards rather than taste wine in wineries. We would recommend for your first day that you either visit a local tourist office, or one of the better caves in the region. Better still is to take advantage of local knowledge and contacts and book for a one or more days' tour. A number of wineries are by appointment only.
A ONE DAY TOUR—Saussignac/Monbazillac, Bergerac
This one tour in the AOC Saussignac/Monbazillac regions of Bergerac took in:
HAUTE GARRIGUE Wild Earth Vineyards— an organic vineyard
Chateau de Malfourat - a vineyard tasting
A picnic lunch
Chateau de Monbazillac - a castle with class!
Cave Monbazillac - a local wine co-op.
Domaine Maye de Bouye - vin de Monbazillac producer
Chateau Haute Garrigue Wild Earth Vineyards
Contact: Sean & Caroline Feely
Tel./fax +33(0)553 227271
24240 Saussignac, France
The 10 hectare vineyard is run on biodynamic and organic principles. They produce in their on-site winery a dry Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend; a Sauvignon blanc, Rose and Merlot, plus a limited edition Saussignac AOC Moelleux - semi-sweet white. We tasted all the presently available range.
Chateau Haute Garrigue Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Delicate coloured wine with a nose of limes and floral tones, good palate with gooseberries, apples and peaches.
Chateau Haute Garrigue Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Carries more colour than the blend with a nice body. Aromas of wild flowers and gooseberries with a zesty mineral finish. A lively wine in the true Sauvignon Blanc style.
Chateau Haute Garrigue Saussignac AOC Moelleux 2000
A signature wine of the Saussignac region and this is a fine example. A delightful clear golden wine with fresh honeysuckle on the nose and a honey finish. Ideal with foie gras, or with desserts and chocolate.
Chateau Haute Garrigue Merlot 2006
A nose of liquorice with a palate of ripe berries and well-structured tannins. Great with game and beef.
Château Le Payral
LE BOURG 24240 RAZAC DE SAUSSIGNAC
Château Le Payral is a small family-run vineyard which covers 15 hillside hectares in the Bergerac and Saussignac Appellations. Thierry and Isabelle Daulhiac, along with Paul and Emilien, are the current owners. In 1992 Thierry inherited the vineyard from his father who had, in turn, inherited it from his father.
Chateau Le Payral Bergerac Sec
A blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon and 5% Muscadelle with aromas of exotic fruits, white peaches and a fresh, grassy character. The palate is long with a full-bodied structure supporting the peachy, citrus fruit, and complemented by a dry finish.
Chateau Le Payral Rouge Bergerac
A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot this wine is spicy, with rich, soft, red berry fruits aromas. The palate has generous ripe fruit and a pepper-herby tone, while a fine structure lends finesse and elegance.
Chateau Le Payral CUVEE MARIE JEANNE Saussignac
A blend of 70% Semillon, 15% Muscadelle and 15% Sauvignon Blanc with a rich and honeyed nose with floral and slight apricot aromas. Apricots and honey can be found on the palate, with a sensual, silky texture and very fine balance. An award-winning wine.
Domaine Maye de Bouye
24240 Rouffignac de Sigoules near Bergerac
A third generation vineyard, Domaine Maye de Bouye is 25 hectares, being 10 hectares of white grapes and 15 hectares of red. The whites are structured for Monbazillac being Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc & Muscadelle. While the reds are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The owner and winemaker, Philip Couture and his charming wife, Corinne (speaks English and French), offer excellent wines including Monbazillac ’02,’03 & ‘04; a semi-sweet Moelleux ’04; a Rouge ’02 to ’05 plus a oak aged ’03; Sauvignon Blanc ’05 and a Rose’06. All excellent wines and we particularly enjoyed the Monbazillac and the Sauvignon Blanc.
Le Cave de Monbazillac
We try to include a regional cave as they offer ease of selection and wide range of wines from their cooperative member vineyards. This is an exceptional cave and well worth a visit. Excellent video presentation of wine region. While they specialise in Monbazillac sweet white wines, they also have a number of reds and we tasted the:
Marquis de Chanterac Pecharmant 2005
Chateau Pion Bergerac 2003
La Closerie du Chateau du Brie
Produced by the Lysee Viticole de Bergerac, a viticulture training establishment, with cellars just down the road from Chateau Monbazillac, where you will be most welcome to visit.
La Closerie du Chateau du Brie 2003 Bergerac
Chateau Pech la Calevie
Chateau Pech la Calevie Monbazillac 2005
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