The Côtes-de-Bordeaux-Saint-Macaire appellation is located on the right bank of the Garonne river in the Entre-deux-Mers region. It concerns 10 communes located fifty kilometers from Bordeaux, on the right bank of the Garonne, in the south-east extension of the vineyards of Cadillac, Loupiac and Sainte-Croix-du-Mont.

It faces the city of Langon, on the other side. The vineyard, planted on hills parallel to the Garonne, separated from each other by wide valleys perpendicular to the river, dominates the valley. Many small streams, tributaries of the Garonne have cut the limestone hills and dug their bed in wide valleys.

The soils are clay-limestone or sandy-clay. They give dry and sweet white wines. The climatic conditions are conducive to the development of Semillon’s noble rot, Botrytis grapes. The taste of the Côtes-de-Bordeaux-Saint-Macaire is full and sweet, it releases a wide range of aromatic candied fruits and honey.

 

A part of important features of Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire appellation for dry white wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Sand & limestone or clay & limestone
  • Taste: Fruity and round.
  • Wine color: Dry white.
  • Aromas: Powerful aromatic bouquet combining the freshness of cedar and the sweetness of dried apricot and almond paste, subtle toasted bread notes.
  • Aging potential: 3 – 6 years.
  • Serving temperature: 7 to 11° C

 

A part of important features of Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire appellation for sweet white wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Clay and limestone.
  • Taste: Rich, smooth, and round with nut, dried fruit, and honey notes.
  • Wine color: Sweet white.
  • Aromas: Yellow flowers, citrus and tropical fruits.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 5 years.
  • Serving temperature: 9 to 12° C

Region Highlights

Surface: Several Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire
Grapes: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc for dry white wines and Sémillon, Muscadelle for sweet white wines
Types of Wines: White Wine, Sweet Wine

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