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Another day, another stage in Le Tour de France with Marcel Kittel taking the glory for the day as he crossed the finish line in Bergerac in the Dordogne departement. Bergerac is located in south west France and, until recently, was regarded as the backwards neighbor to the sophisticated Bordeaux region. Being not too far apart, Bordeaux and Bergerac share many of the same grapes, Cabs, Merlot, Semillon, and Sauvignon Blanc. The Bergerac region holds strength in red wines, pr…edominately Merlot and Cabs. Within the Bergerac zone are more specific sub-zones, each identified with a style of wine they work well with, such as Montravel for red, dry, and sweet wines, Monbazillac for sweet wines from vineyards that also produce Bergerac, PĂ©charmant for reds only, and Saussignac for sweet wines. The region was targeted by Romans as a wine making region, and before the Romans, monks made wine on the hills of Bergerac in the Middle Ages. Wines made in cooperatives from Bergerac can be acidic with enormous tannin, but since the small-producers embraced hand harvesting instead of machine harvesting along with good quality oak barrels, wines from vignerons acquire balance. The Bordelais may never think their neighbor is producing good wine, but we think otherwise.’

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