Blaye-Bourg wines - Bordeaux Vineyard
Blaye-Bourg wines facts
Blaye-Bourg is one of the 6 wine-making regions and one the most recent of the vast Bordeaux Vineyard.
It is located on the northern bank of the Gironde, where it enjoys an oceanic temperate climate.
Bourg-Blaye wines includes 7 AOC-AOP:
Blaye, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur, Côtes de Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg, Bourg et Bourgeais and Crémant de Bordeaux and 1 IGP - Atlantique
Blaye-Bourg wines are indeed considered Bordeaux Grands Ordinaires, excellent everyday wines and great value for money.
They have the qualities of many great Bordeaux wines, but are less expensive.
Vines grow on gravels, sand and clay-limestone soils.
They produce red wines from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and whites from Sauvignon, Sémillon and Muscadelle.
Blaye-Bourg wines - Côtes de Bourg
The 3700ha Côtes-de-Bourg vineyard unfolds in a region of gentle hills.
It is located at the confluence of the Dordogne River and Gironde Estuary, between Bec d'Ambès and the Atlantic Ocean.
The vines grow on a clayey-limestone soil and produce very pleasant medium-bodied red wines with balanced tannins.
A very meticulous wine making process - they are carefully aged prior bottling - results in wines of quality.
Côtes de Bourg rouges are dark ruby with violet hues and have aromas of red and black fruits with notes of vanilla.
They are dense, supple, silky and elegant wines with fine and round tannins.
They keep 4 to 8 years and should be served at 16C° with red meat.
Côtes de Bourg blancs have a lovely pale yellow colour with golden hues.
They are dense and well structured with floral notes; they are excellent with seafood and should be served at 11C°.
Blaye-Bourg wines - Côtes de Blaye
The Côtes de Blaye are dry white wines.
They are pale yellow with green hues and have citrus aromas with lovely floral notes which often develop into honey when kept 5 years.
These fine and elegant wines have a very nice acidity-alcohol-tannins balance.
They are excellent with smoked salmon and should be served at 10C°.
Blaye-Bourg wines are produced in an area rich in sites of interest.
The vineyard indeed encompasses the historical Citadel of Blaye.
This active inland port with a deep-landing area accommodates coastal steamers and sailing ships.
Marshal Vauban built the citadel in 1689 in order to prevent the English from entering the Gironde estuary and reach Bordeaux.
He reinforced it with two forts.
Fort Paté stands on a tiny island in the middle of the Gironde and Fort Médoc protects the southern bank.
The 22-hectare citadel is partly inhabited and is accessible by foot via Porte Dauphine or by car via Porte Royale.
The Pavillon de la Place, the Captain of the Guards's former residence, today houses the Musée d'Histoire et d'Art du Pays Blayais which is dedicated to local folklore.
Finally, if you have a sweet tooth you won't resist Blaye's specialty, the pralines - sugar coated almonds.
Photos via Wikimedia Commons: Bourg fortifications CC BY-SA 2.0 - Côtes de Blaye vineyard CC BY-SA 3.0 - Citadel of Blaye CC BY-SA 2.0
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