Eastern AOC of Bordeaux

The Francs – Côtes de Bordeaux appellation is located on the Right-Bank of the Dordogne river on Bordeaux wine region of southwest France. Bordeaux-Côtes-de-Francs wine sub-region or Francs-Côtes-de-Bordeaux (since 2009), is one of the smallest appellations of Bordeaux.

It is Located at east of the Libournais. Francs – Côtes de Bordeaux consist only 3 communes; Franc, Tayac and Saint Cibard.

Exceptional Microclimate

The Francs-Côtes-de-Bordeaux sub-region climate is more continental than the rest of the vineyard, with harsher winters and warmer summers. With its approximately 5 square kilometers of vines, Francs-Côtes-de-Bordeaux produces 2,500,000 liters of red wine and a minimal quantity of dry and mellow sweet white wines each year. This AOC is established on the clay-limestone and marl hillsides among the highest in the Gironde.

Merlot is the dominant varietal of red wines, often associated with cabernet-sauvignon and cabernet franc. Semillon (majority), muscadelle, and sauvignon are the grape varieties used to make white wines.


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

  • Soil: Clay and limestone on about 3.87 square kilometers of land.
  • Taste: Round and sumptuous.
  • Wine color: red.
  • Aromas: Red berries in a younger wine, with prune, leather, and vanilla notes developing with age.
  • Aging potential: 5 – 10 years.
  • Serving temperature: 15 to 17° C

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

  • Soil: Clay or clay and limestone soil on marl, asteriated limestone, and clay substrate.
  • Taste: Rich, fruity, and lively, developing greater elegance and sensual depth with time.
  • Wine color: dry white.
  • Aromas: With age, it develops honey, pineapple, and citrus notes, as well as woody aromas.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 2 years.
  • Serving temperature: 7 to 9° C

A part of the important features of Francs – Côtes de Bordeaux appellation for sweet white wines are as follows:

  • Soil: clay and limestone.
  • Taste: Fine, supple, harmonious, round, and full.
  • Wine color: Sweet white.
  • Aromas: Apricot, acacia, and tropical fruit.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 5 years.
  • Serving temperature: 8 to 10° C

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Region Highlights

Surface: About 4 Square Kilometers for red wines, and several square kilometers for both dry and sweet white wines
Classification: AOP Francs – Côtes de Bordeaux
Grapes: Cabernet Franc, cabernet sauvignon and Merlot for red wines, Muscadelle, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon for dry white wines and Muscadelle, Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon for sweet white wines.
Types of Wines: White Wine, Red Wine, Sweet Wine

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