Cotes de Castillon - Cotes de Francs wines
Cotes de Castillon
Cotes de Castillon and Côtes de Francs are two young and promising vineyards located east of Saint-Emilion.
The Cotes de Castillon AOC was granted in 1989 as this "new" wine is indeed considered excellent value for money.
The 2900ha vineyard benefits from a dual appellation as it was also granted the Bordeaux AOC.
It stretches on the northern bank of the Dordogne, around St-Magne-de-Castillon, Castillon-la-Bataille and 7 other communes.
The average size of the châteaux does not exceed 10 hectares.
Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc and Malbec grapes varieties thrive in sandy gravels, clay and clayey limestone.
As a result, they produce rich red wines with a very distinctive aroma of strawberry, dried plum and vanilla.
Cotes de Castillon wines can keep between 2 to 5 years.
The name Castillon-la-Bataille will most likely ring a bell to many; it was indeed the site where Charles VII defeated the English in 1453.
This last battle marked the end of the Hundred Years War!
Côtes de Francs
This very small vineyard of only 490 hectare unfolds on the hills that surround the villages of Francs, St-Cibard and Tayac.
It one of the highest vineyards in the Bordelais region.
Merlot, Cabernet-Franc, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot extract their nutrients from the clayey limestone.
They produce full-bodied and tannic red AOC wines with aromas of black currant and licorice.
The Côtes de Francs AOC can keep from 4 to 8 years.
Both Cotes de Castillon and Côtes de Francs wines are worth a try; you'll be pleasantly surprised by their qualities.
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