Youngest Appellation in Bordeaux
The Côtes de Bordeaux appellation is the youngest AOC in Bordeaux that belongs to Blaye & Bourg wine area in Southwest France.
The Côtes de Bordeaux appellation is located on the Gironde’s right bank around Blaye, on the Garonne’s right bank on either side of Cadillac, and the right bank of the Dordogne, around Castillon and Francs. The wines of Côtes de Bordeaux appellation are specified for red wines. The vineyard benefits from an oceanic climate and a terroir made of limestone, gravelly and sandy soils. The region is spread across 12,653 hectares producing 14% of all Bordeaux wines.
Simplifying Bordeaux Côtes Appellation
This appellation was founded in 2009 by consolidating four existing appellations. These four appellations were as follows.
- Blaye – Côtes-de-Bordeaux (Blayais and Bourgeais, former appellation Premières-Côtes-de-Blaye)
- Cadillac – Côtes-de-Bordeaux (Entre-deux-Mers, former appellation Premiers-Côtes-de-Bordeaux red)
- Castillon – Côtes-de-Bordeaux (Libournais, former appellation Côtes-de-Castillon)
- Francs – Côtes-de-Bordeaux (Libournais, former appellation Bordeaux-Côtes-de-Francs)
A part of the important features of Côtes de Bordeaux appellation for red wines are as follows:
- Soil: Clay-limestone on porous stone bedrock.
- Taste: Elegantly round.
- Wine color: red.
- Aging potential: 3 – 11 years.
- Serving temperature: 15 to 17° C