The region is familiar to many holidaymakers, but its wines are often all but forgotten, thanks a host of confusing names and sub-zones, not to mention its proximity to Bordeaux. But persevere, says Stephen Brook, and you’ll find some of the best value wine in France.
Stephen Brook’s best Bergerac reds
Les Chemins d’Orient, Cuvée Bouzkashi 2008
Generously fruity nose of cherries and blueberries. Supple, juicy and concentrated, but also bright and fresh, balanced and sleek. Good length.
Price N/A UK +33 (0)6 75 86 47 54
Château Tour des Gendres, Gloire de Mon Père 2009
Lively cherry nose with great purity.
With Cabernet and Malbec to bolster the Merlot, this is nonetheless a supple, elegant, fresh wine that avoids excessive extraction. Good length.
Price £13.81 Exel
Clos du Breil, Expression, Côtes de Bergerac 2010
Elegant, toasty nose, with cassis and mint aromas. Quite powerful, rich and suave, with fine acidity. Lifted stylish finish, with good length.
Price N/A UK leclosdubreil.free.fr
Château Tiregand 2009
Opulent cherry and blackberry aromas. Lush yet decidedly tannic, robust and spicy, but with enough acidity to give lift and persistence. Chewy finish.
Price £12.30 (2007) Tanners
Clos des Verdots 2011
Succulent, sour cherry nose. Mostly Merlot, so juicy, rounded and broad, its rich fruit balanced by good acidity. Quite long.
Price £10.95 (2010) H2Vin
Château Jonc-Blanc, Class IK 2010
Ripe, smoky, black cherry nose, with a touch of mint. Rich and concentrated if a touch overripe, with moderate acidity and length.
Price £11.99 (2009) Adnams, Dordogne Wines
Château Vari 2009
Lush, black fruit nose. Dense and spicy, with some weight and grip, and a fairly long, fresh finish.
Price £9.48 Christopher Piper
Château Monestier La Tour, Terres Vieilles 2009
Discreet, oaky, cherry and blackberry nose. Robust and concentrated but also suave and plump – though perhaps a touch heavy. Long finish.
Price £11.11 Exel