Between the rivers and the Côtes
By Jane Anson
This Guide was last updated on 03 March 2010
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Appellation applies to dry whites only.
For reds, rosés and sweet whites - predominately red wine production, with also a significant amount of rosé. This appellation is split into Côtes de Bordeaux: Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux: Cadillac (formerly Premières Côtes de Bordeaux), Côtes de Bordeaux: Francs and Côtes de Bordeaux: Castillon.
Small AC in the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux for full-bodied sweet whites.
Small sweet white wine appellation just north of Loupiac.
Most important and most interesting AC for sweet whites in the region situated on well-drained gravel soils. Produces concentrated sweet wines, mainly with botrytized grapes.
Mainly red wine production although a little white is also produced. This remains separate from the other Côtes de Bordeaux appellations.
Generic appellation for reds, rosés and whites (mostly dry) for the whole region.
Covering the same area as the basic Bordeaux AC but with an extra half degree of alcohol and lower yields.
A very small amount of sparkling wine is made under this appellation. The majority of grapes must be from the main Bordeaux varieties and 100% from the Bordeaux AC area. The Traditional Method (bottle fermentation) is used.
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