Our region and appellation
EXCEPTIONAL SITES AT THE HEART OF THE APPELLATION
Built between 1686 and 1689 by Vauban, this ancient military building composed of 17 hectares of barracks, shops, powder stores and housing for officers, is now classified as a Historical Monument and has established itself as a leading center for tourism in the Haute Gironde and Aquitaine. Since 2008, it has been on the UNESCO world heritage list.
L’estuaire de la Gironde
Cast off the mooring ropes and explore the Gironde, the largest estuary in Europe. This 70 kilometer-long estuary has shaped out the landscape of our region. Discover a multi-faceted river boasting swamps, cliffs, vineyards and islands.
You can enjoy either boat sailing or boat trips in summertime and discover all the colours of this preserved natural site.
The area of Saint-Ciers-sur-Gironde counts 8000 ha of swamps and wet lands. These marshes were dried during the 17th century and nowadays, this land is known for its big biologic diversity and is classified in the European program “Natura 2000″.
Lands of economic activities and leisure, these moors, half earth, half water, have a surprising biodiversity: mammals, insects, fishes and birds, very representatives of this wet environment.
The appellation Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux
Geographic location: At 45km to the north of Bordeaux facing the Médoc
Area covered by the appellation: 5,500 hectares in 40 communes
Average area of the estates: around 15 hectares
Average production: red 250 000 hl
Terroirs: Clay-limestone, clay-gravel and clay-silica soils. Sub-soil composed of ferruginous hardpan.
Temperate climate: Relatively high humidity reinforced by the maritime influence.
Strong sunshine: 240 days per year.
Grape varieties: Red (95% of production): 70 % Merlot, 20 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Malbec / White: 90% Sauvignon, 10% Muscadelle and Sémillon
BLENDING: AN ART SPECIFIC TO THE WINES OF BORDEAUX
The specificity of the wines of Bordeaux is in the blending, which distinguishes them from the wines from other regions, often made with a single grape variety. This blending, as a function of their complementarity, enables making varied styles of wine, with a character and a personality of their own. The winegrowers of the Côtes de Bordeaux are committed each year to achieve the best blend of varietals products in their vineyards. It is this alchemy, this work of the soil and of man, which gives the wines of the Côtes their particular character.
From the blending of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, the red wines of the Côtes de Bordeaux develop fruity bouquets.
Merlot: intense colour, the suppleness of the tannins brings velvet and roundness to the wines. Its typical aromas are red berries and cherries.
Cabernet Franc: with a lighter character, it gives wines with a tannic richness of great finesse.
Cabernet Sauvignon: this variety brings powerful tannins and good acidity. It is characterised by a great aromatic richness (notes of blackcurrant) when young, and develops a rich bouquet, complex and harmonious, on ageing.
THE CÔTES DE BORDEAUX, A PALETTE OF SENSATIONS
Visual sensations: the colour is dense and deep.
Olfactory sensations: the nose has aromas of red fruits (raspberry, strawberry), stone fruit (plum, cherry) but also of vanilla, mocha, and leather.
Taste sensations: the wines of the Côtes de Bordeaux are round, soft, opulent and harmonious on the palate.
The temperature of service varies mainly according to the colour of the wine and its age. It is considered for red wines that the ideal drinking temperature is between 16 and 18°C, and between 8 and 11°C for dry white wines.
A tulip glass is recommended to appreciate the taste even more and discover the aromas. Finally, decanting is recommended for young and tannic red wines, still a bit closed, to allow the wine to evolve through contact with oxygen, and to open up to give a more agreeable tasting wine.
TASTING A COTES DE BORDEAUX
Dense and deep colour, with a nose of red fruits (raspberry, strawberry), stone fruit (plum, cherry) but also of vanilla, mocha, and leather, the Côtes de Bordeaux wines are the fruity, round, and moderately powerful to powerful. They can be enjoyed when young, but also have a good potential for ageing and can be kept for around ten years.
To accompany food, their possibilities are almost limitless: white and red meat, cheese, etc