Oldest Wine Growing Region in France

Bourg & Côtes de Bourg is located near the Blaye appellation region in the Bordeaux wine region, Southwest of France. This appellation belongs to the Blaye & Bourg wine area of Bordeaux Right-Bank, 35 km North of Bordeaux.

The Bourg & Côtes de Bourg appellation is one of the oldest wine-producing areas in France. Actually, Cotes de Bourg has a history dating back to the days of the Ancient Romans. That was due to its vital geographical location in the Bourg, which is a harbor.

Greatest Terroir in Bordeaux

The Côtes de Bourg vineyards stretch over 15 communes, all within the same administrative district. It is a sub-region on hillsides and therefore has the advantage of excellent sun exposure. Bourg’s port town lies on a steep slope at the point where the Garonne and Dordogne rivers combine to form the estuary of the Gironde. It is a large village with many fine buildings and narrow stairways descending to the Gironde.

Outstanding Wines

Red Côtes de Bourg are garnet in color and are predominantly based on the Merlot grape, blended with smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Some Chateaux still use Malbec as part of the blend.

White wine is made from Semillon, Sauvignon blanc, Muscadelle, Merlot blanc, Ugni blanc and Colombard grapes. There are around 200 Chateaux producers in the appellation.

Côtes de Bourg produces red as well as white wines. However, more than 98% of all the wine that comes from this appellation is red wine.

A part of the important features of Bourg & Côtes de Bourg appellation for dry white wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Clay and limestone
  • Taste: Nervy, round, and elegant with notes of citrus, peach, and yellow and white flowers.
  • Wine color: dry white.
  • Aromas: Subtle.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 2 years.
  • Serving temperature: 7 to 9° C

A part of the important features of appellation for red wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Clay-limestone on the bedrock of porous stone.
  • Taste: Soft, tannic structure with great balance.
  • Wine color: red.
  • Aromas: Subtle.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 3 years.
  • Serving temperature: 15 to 17° C


Region Highlights

Surface: About 17 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Bourg & Côtes de Bourg
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot for red wines and Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon for dry white wines
Types of Wines: White Wine, Red Wine

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