Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux vineyard
It stretches on a 60km long by 5km wide strip of land between Bordeaux and Verdelais.
Vines grow on the sun facing slopes, where they extract their nutrients from gravels, limestone and clay.
They produce wines renowned for their character and finesse.
The region produces all types of wines, however, there is a general conversion to AOC Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux red.
Reds are produced from a blend of Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenère grapes.
They are renowned for their strength, rich colour and aromas of red and black fruits and spices.
The best dry whites were granted the AOC Bordeaux and the best sweet wines the AOC Cadillac.
These are produced from a blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.
Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux area
Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux is an attractive region that boasts several places of historical interest worth discovering while touring the vineyard.
1- The bastide of Cadillac was founded in 1280 and is renowned for its vineyard, which produces sweet white wine.
Some vestiges of its 14th century walls can still be seen.
2- The early 16th century Château du Duc d’Epernon was demolished at the French Revolution.
It was later rebuilt and is today nestled behind impressive ramparts.
Its austere outside architecture, however, contrasts with its 17th century decoration which includes impressive marble fireplaces, boxed ceilings and tapestries.
3- The Gallo-Roman poet Ausonius, who celebrated the magic of wine, lived in the nearby Loupiac, a village renowned for its white wines.
4- The village of Sainte-Croix-du-Mont boasts a cave hollowed out of a fossilized oyster bed dating from the Tertiary Period.
The site has been converted into a wine tasting cellar – Cave de dégustation.
5- Notre-Dame basilica in Verdelais is a major pilgrimage centre.
The 14th century wooden statue of the Virgin is said to heal paralysis and to prevent from drowning.
7- Finally, the picturesque medieval fortified village of St-Macaire lies in an enclave of the vineyard known as Côtes-de-Bordeaux-St-Macaire.