Archaically known as Côtes de Buzet, this fairly obscure region for Bordeaux-style wine is a little over 4,000 acres and produces a large amount of wine. Many of the wines are high-quality "replicas" of top Bordeaux that have the advantage of being created in an almost identical climate. Unfortunately, this is a very obscure appellation and very few of the wines are exported.
The Côtes de Buzet appellation was first designated as a VDQS in 1953, and became an AOC in 1973. In 1986 the name was changed to Buzet for simplicity purposes.
Climate and Viticulture
The climate is comparable to that of the nearby Bergerac region: heavily influenced by the river and the ocean, with the soil made up of some gravel banks but mostly clay and limestone. Sandy, pebbly areas also exist, which are good for the production of more unconventional wine styles.
In general, these wines are extremely inexpensive, and can be quite reliable for the price, delivering Bordeaux-like flavors due to the regions' similar grapes and growing conditions. One producer in particular makes good wines that are available in the United States (although still very difficult to find!)
- Domaine du Pech: Although at around $20 Pech's red wines cost more than the average Buzet, they display far more sophistication and concentration as well.