Between the rivers and the Côtes
By Jane Anson
This Guide was last updated on 03 March 2010
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Supple fruity wines that develop relatively early due to the significant proportion of Merlot in the blends. Can be oak aged, usually for 12-15 months, with some producers using a small proportion of new oak. The Côte de Bourg reds can be quite tannic and need time to soften, and are best appreciated from 4-6 years.
Crisp, fruity whites best drunk young. The best are the grassy Sauvignon-based wines coming from the Entre-Deux-Mers. Some oak-aged wines develop more character.
In this micro-region, the best come from the Sainte Croix de Mont AC and are concentrated and full-bodied with a deep golden colour. Loupiac and Cadillac sweet whites are usually decent at best, at worst they are simple ordinary sugary sweet wines.
Bordeaux clairets and rosés are made by macerating red grape varieties for a short time. Both are fresh and fruity, clairets have a more intense colour. Premières Côtes de Bordeaux is the main production area.
Crémant de Bordeaux is mainly white with a little rosé, generally Brut. It can offer good value for money.
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