The Blaye – Côtes de Bordeaux appellation belongs to Blaye & Bourg wine area of Bordeaux Right-Bank. It is a sub-region with good land slope and the best sun exposure. These features are good for grape growing. The appellations of Blaye area are collectively known as Côtes de Bordeaux now and can be confusing. They were previously called Côtes de Blaye, Côtes de Bourg, Côtes de Francs, Côtes de Castillon and Côtes de Cadillac.

But in 2009, these appellations came together under the Côtes de Bordeaux umbrella, with the exception of the Côtes de Bourg, which chose to remain separate. Blaye, Francs, Castillon and Cadillac can now use the AOC Côtes de Bordeaux, with their individual name as a prefix. The wines of Blaye – Côtes de Bordeaux appellation are both red and white once made under the AOC Premieres Cotes de Blaye as well as previous white AOC Blaye wines.

The reds are made predominantly from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, while the whites are produced from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle.

 

A part of important features of Blaye – Côtes de Bordeaux appellation for dry white wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Clay and limestone.
  • Taste: Delicate, distinguished, and complex with slight acidity.
  • Wine color: dry white.
  • Aromas: Intense and powerful, with notes of boxwood and citrus (lemon, grapefruit).
  • Aging potential: 1 – 2 years.
  • Serving temperature: 7 to 9° C

 

A part of important features of Blaye – Côtes de Bordeaux appellation for red wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Clay and limestone.
  • Taste: Soft and balanced tannic structure.
  • Wine color: red.
  • Aromas: Strong and fruity for a young wine, with musk and spice notes developing with age.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 5 years.
  • Serving temperature: 15 to 17° C

 

 

 

 

Region Highlights

Surface: About 3 Sq. K. for dry white wines and approximately 52 Sq. K. for red wines totaly about 55 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Blaye – Côtes de Bordeaux
Grapes: Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Muscadelle, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon for dry white wines and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carménère, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot for red wines
Types of Wines: White Wine, Red Wine

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