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.
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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